UAE unveils $1.36bn in arms deals at Abu Dhabi weapons show

Major arms makers are attending a weapons show in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, hoping to seal deals with militaries across the Middle East. At the opening, the UAE revealed that it had signed $1.36bn in local and foreign arms deals to supply its forces with everything from South African drones to […]

Trump ally Erik Prince violated Libya arms embargo: UN report

Confidential report finds Prince supplied renegade Libyan general Khalifa Haftar with weapons and foreign mercenaries. Private security contractor Erik Prince, a close ally of former US President Donald Trump, violated a United Nations arms embargo on Libya, UN investigators have found in a report detailed by US media. The confidential report to the Security Council, […]

Erik Prince, Trump Ally, Violated Libya Arms Embargo, U.N. Report Says

Mr. Prince has been angling for military business in Libya since 2013, mostly through Mr. Hifter, the report says. In 2015, Mr. Prince supplied the Libyan commander with a private jet, owned by the Hong Kong-based Frontier Services Group company led by Mr. Prince, and which Mr. Hifter used for travel to meetings in Egypt […]

Biden’s Plan to Link Arms With Europe Against Russia and China Isn’t So Simple

WASHINGTON — Two weeks after President Biden’s inauguration, France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, spoke publicly about the importance of dialogue with Moscow, saying that Russia is a part of Europe that cannot simply be shunned and that Europe must be strong enough to defend its own interests. On Dec. 30, just weeks before the inauguration, the […]

‘Oil, arms sales, money’: What became of Libya’s revolution?

When the Arab Spring protests began 10 years ago, I was covering the Pakistani army’s war against the Pakistan Taliban. It seemed a world away from what I knew as the peaceful streets of Cairo and Tripoli. In fact, when the protests began, my colleagues and I watched the news unfold on Al Jazeera in […]

UK approved $1.9bn of arms sales to Saudi Arabia since ban lifted

The United Kingdom signed off on arms exports worth nearly 1.4 billion pounds ($1.9bn) to Saudi Arabia between July and September last year following the lifting of a ban on weapons sales to the Gulf country – a move critics slammed as “immoral” amid the continuing war in Yemen. The publishing of the figures by […]

Iran could pursue nuclear arms, intelligence chief warns

Mahmoud Alavi says Iran could reverse course of nuclear programme if the country is ‘cornered’. Iran’s intelligence minister has warned that his country could push for a nuclear weapon if harsh international sanctions on Tehran remain in place, state television reported. The remarks by Mahmoud Alavi on Tuesday marked a rare occasion in which a […]

US sees new START treaty as way to engage China on arms control

Official says US will urge China to join the effort to reduce nuclear arms stockpiles. The Biden administration views the New START Treaty clinched with Russia this week as the beginning of engagement on strategic issues and urges China to join the effort to reduce nuclear arms stockpiles, a US envoy has said. The United […]

US and Russia extend nuclear arms control treaty to 2026

Both Washington and Moscow cast the extension as a victory, saying it would provide stability and transparency. The United States and Russia have finalised an agreement to extend until 2026 a treaty limiting their stockpiles of nuclear weapons. The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START Treaty), which was due to expire on Friday, imposes […]

Renewed push for peace in Philippines as more fighters look to lay down arms

MANILA: Hundreds of local militants from Daesh-inspired groups in the southern Philippines are considering giving up their weapons to live everyday lives, even as the government continues to register gains in its anti-terror programs, Al Hajj Murad Ebrahim, chief minister of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), said on Friday. “We are trying […]

Italy permanently halts arms sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE

Italy’s figures from 2019 show Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates ranked as the 10th and 11th biggest markets for Italian arms exports. Italy has halted the sale of thousands of missiles to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) due to their involvement in the Yemen conflict, making permanent an 18-month temporary […]

US reviewing billions in arms sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE

Secretary of State says review of Trump administration arms sales aims to ensure they advance US ‘strategic objectives’. The United States is reviewing weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorised by former President Donald Trump’s administration, Secretary of State Antony Blinken confirmed on Wednesday. In his first press briefing, Blinken […]

Canada protesters renew push to end arms exports to Saudi Arabia

Toronto, Canada – Activists in the Canadian province of Ontario have staged a protest at the site of a transport company they say is involved in transporting Canadian-made, light armoured vehicles (LAVs) to Saudi Arabia. Approximately 30 demonstrators blocked Paddock Transport International trucks in Hamilton, a city about 70km west of Toronto, for a few […]

US proposes 5-year extension of nuclear arms treaty with Russia

The United States will seek a five-year extension of the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia – the last remaining non-proliferation treaty between the two nations, White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed on Thursday. The New START, which came into force in 2011, limits the number of nuclear warheads and intercontinental ballistic […]

Gorbachev expects Biden to extend last Cold War arms deal

Last Soviet leader expresses hope over possible extension of the New START treaty but warns much more still to be done in US-Russia arms control efforts. Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, has said he expects US President-elect Joe Biden to extend the last important nuclear arms control treaty between Moscow and […]

Open Arms boat rescues 265 migrants in Mediterranean

The humanitarian ship is seeking a port of safety for migrants its crew rescued from the Mediterranean Sea. A Spanish-flagged humanitarian ship on Sunday was seeking a port of safety for 265 migrants its crew rescued from the Mediterranean Sea in the last few days. The Open Arms charity tweeted that its vessel on Saturday […]

Trump administration plans $500m arms sale to Riyadh: Reports

US President Donald Trump’s administration plans to sell nearly $500m in weapons to Saudi Arabia before leaving the White House, US media outlets have reported, a move that one expert slammed as “a moral outrage”. Citing two unnamed sources familiar with the issue, Bloomberg reported that the State Department notified Congress on Tuesday that it […]

US Senate backs massive arms sales to UAE after Trump veto threat

Opponents of $23bn deal for F-35s, Reaper drones fail to muster enough votes to block the sale. The United States Senate has defeated an effort to block the Trump administration’s sale of $23bn in advanced fighter jets and drones to the United Arab Emirates. President Donald Trump had issued a formal threat to veto congressional […]

Trump set to veto congressional effort to block UAE arms sales

The expected veto threat cites the importance of the sales to US foreign policy and national security objectives. United States President Donald Trump issued a formal threat on Wednesday to veto congressional efforts to block his plans for $23bn in military sales to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Senate is due to vote on […]

Taiwan says faces daily threats as US notifies of $280m arms sale

Taiwan’s defence ministry says latest weapons sale demonstrates US commitment to help strengthen island’s defence capabilities. Taiwan faces daily military threats from “authoritarian forces”, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Tuesday, as the United States announced a new $280m arms sale package to the Chinese-claimed island, the sixth this year. The outgoing Trump administration has ramped […]

Senate vote likely next week on blocking Trump’s UAE arms sale

Senators worry the $23bn weapons sale could alter the balance of power in the Middle East and UAE could use the weapons in Yemen. The top Democrat on the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee said he expected lawmakers to vote as early as next week on resolutions seeking to block Republican President Donald Trump’s $23bn […]

Biden: Iran nuclear deal best way to avoid Middle East arms race

Biden said he is committed to returning to, and expanding, the 2015 deal, as Trump reportedly tries to cripple those chances. United States President-elect Joe Biden has said in a new interview that returning to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran is the best way to avoid a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. […]

Dozens of rights groups denounce US arms sales to UAE

Groups raise concern about the UAE’s role in Libya, Yemen conflicts in attempt to halt $23bn in arms sales. Twenty-nine arms control and human rights organisations have signed a letter opposing the sale of $23bn worth of missiles, fighter jets and drones to the United Arab Emirates and asking US Congress to block the deal. […]