[size=38]Study: America Sold Weapons To Iraq Worth 10.5 Billion Dollars [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]LAST UPDATE 01/25/2022 | 1:25 PM
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A new study by the American Cato Institute concluded that the US arming of fragile and authoritarian states, especially in the Middle East, makes the United States a contribution to raising the level of violence and oppression in the region and the world.
And the British Middle East Eye newspaper quoted in a report translated by the agency “Information” that “according to the study that summarized the year 2021 and recently released, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Egypt, Sudan and Turkey have the greatest risks of using weapons to undermine social stability and human rights, while the United States receives millions of dollars in arms sales to those countries.”
He added, “According to the study, by selling arms to highly fragile states and countries with authoritarian governments, the United States contributes to rising levels of violence and repression around the world, and providing weapons to governments that treat their citizens poorly increases the power of the state at the expense of its citizens, which It allows them to respond to political unrest and challenges with violence.”
And he continued, “According to the risk scales, which were rated from 1 to 100, with the last degree being the highest percentage, Saudi Arabia obtained a score of 71 and received $26.9 billion in US weapons in the period between 2009 to 2020, which is the largest amount of weapons from Washington despite the poor human rights record and allegations of extrajudicial killings in Saudi Arabia.
He added, "Egypt scored 78 points and received $8.5 billion in US weapons in the same period. Under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, there was an increasing spread of extrajudicial killings, mass arbitrary arrests, and enforced disappearances, according to Human Rights Watch."
He continued, "Iraq, plagued by corruption and violence in the wake of the 2003 invasion, stood at 89th degree in the Cato Institute index and received about $10.5 billion in sales from the United States."
A report last year by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute found that the United States remains the world's largest exporter of major arms, and about 47 percent of American arms exports between 2016-2020 went to the Middle East — a 28 percent increase from the past five years. The increases included US arms exports to the Zionist entity, which rose by 335 percent, Qatar by 208 percent, and Saudi Arabia by 175 percent.
The report noted that "the Biden administration has continued the Trump administration's policies that increase the risks of arms sales in general." finished/ 25 z