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Obama discusses Iraq with Abdullah

President Obama spoke recently with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia to convey his best wishes as Ramadan begins. The two leaders discussed the current situation in Iraq, and the threat that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) poses to the stability of Iraq and to the entire region. They reaffirmed the need for Iraq's leaders to move expeditiously to form a new government capable of uniting all of Iraq's diverse communities. The President thanked the King for Saudi Arabia's pledge of $500 million to help alleviate the suffering of all Iraqis who have been displaced by the violence. The two leaders agreed to continue to consult closely on regional developments.

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green , Barack Obama , Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud , ISIL , Iraq

Monday - 07/07/2014, 11:58am EDT

US seals $3.48B missiles, technology sale to UAE

Wary of Iran, the U.S. has been building up missile defenses of its allies, including a $1.7 billion deal to upgrade Saudi Arabia's Patriot missiles and the sale of 209 Patriot missiles to Kuwait, valued at about $900 million.

Tags: United Arab Emirates , DoD , Lockheed Martin , missiles , THAAD , Boeing , Technology

Saturday - 12/31/2011, 02:22am EST

US finalizes deal to sell F-15s to Saudi Arabia

Tags: DoD , F-15 , Congress , Barack Obama , industry

Thursday - 12/29/2011, 07:52pm EST

WikiLeaks reveal marketing as part of diplomacy

The New York Times reports on U.S. diplomats' efforts to market U.S. items, such as jets, to foreign countries, revealed by the WikiLeaks cables.

Tags: DoD Report , WikiLeaks , State , diplomacy , marketing , cables , secrecy , transparency , Turkey , NASA , Dorobek Insider

Monday - 01/03/2011, 03:38pm EST

Yemen a difficult test case for democracy

Juan Zarate, national security analyst for CBS News

Tags: Yemen , Juan Zarate , CBS News ,

Monday - 06/06/2011, 07:35pm EDT

Deal for Yemeni president to step down unlikely to hold

James Traub, columnist for and contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine

Tags: James Traub , Foreign Policy , , New York Times magazine , Yemen , Ali Abdullah Saleh , Gulf Cooperation Council ,

Tuesday - 04/26/2011, 07:44pm EDT

Saudi protests may cause oil prices to spike

Marc Ginsberg, former presidential adviser and U.S. ambassador to Morocco who is currently senior vice president of APCO Worldwide

Tags: Marc Ginsberg , APCO Worldwide , oil prices , OPEC , Morocco

Tuesday - 03/08/2011, 08:25pm EST

Pentagon pushing to send weapons to Middle East

As a plan to offset Iran's alleged nuclear program, the Pentagon is pressing ahead with a plan to send 60 billion dollars in weapons to Saudi Arabia. The Associated Press says the plan has been in the works for months and the U.S. is actually shifting it defense policies in the region to send a message to Iran. U.S. and foreign sources say Iran could soon have enough enriched uranium to build at least one nuclear weapon. Iran claims its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , Middle East , Iran , J.J. Green

Monday - 09/13/2010, 08:57pm EDT