The Middle East, Warfare State

230 Civilians Killed In One Syrian City By Coalition Strikes

Good thing we’re stopping the oppressive Syrian government from killing its civilians…

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that the International Coalition warplanes carried out after midnight of yesterday the 28th of June 2017, three new raids targeted Al-Mayadeen city located in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, where the first raid targeted an empty house the “Islamic State” organization seized it earlier in al-Mahareem neighbourhood…

Source: More than 230 civilian casualties killed by Coalition warplanes in the “capital of al-Khair State” in about 40 days of bombing escalation on the city – #SOHR

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Congress Wants Even More Military Money Than Trump’s Already-Ridiculous Increase

Spending more than six times the next largest world military just isn’t enough any more.

The House and Senate Armed Services Committees are planning to propose a defense budget of $640 billion for 2018, a $37 billion increase over the Trump administration’s $603 billion request.

House Armed Services chairman Mac Thornberry told reporters Thursday he plans to set the topline of the House’s annual defense authorization bill to $640 billion, along with a $65 billion war budget. And Senate Armed Services Committee chairman John McCain also plans to set his committee’s bill at $640 billion, two sources familiar with his plans told CNN.

Source: Congress proposes defense budget $37 billion higher than Trump’s – CNNPolitics.com

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The A-10 Will Not Be Replaced By The F-35

A US Air Force spokeswoman just confirmed a huge win for Congress and the infantry who have come to know and love the A-10 Warthog, telling Defense News that the beloved flying gun would not be retired.

Could it be the fact that the F-35 can’t shoot at the ground?  I mean that would seem to be an important feature.

Source: US Air Force makes it official: A-10 will not be retired for the F-35 – Business Insider

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Trump’s Arms Deal to Saudi Arabia Is Bad, But Not Unique

Reuters, September 7th 2016

U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration has offered Saudi Arabia more than $115 billion in weapons, other military equipment and training, the most of any U.S. administration in the 71-year U.S.-Saudi alliance, a report seen by Reuters has found.

The report, authored by William Hartung of the U.S.-based Center for International Policy, said the offers were made in 42 separate deals, and the majority of the equipment has yet to be delivered. Hartung told Reuters the report would be made available publicly on Sept. 8.

The report said U.S. arms offers to Saudi Arabia since Obama took office in January 2009 have included everything from small arms and ammunition to tanks, attack helicopters, air-to-ground missiles, missile defense ships, and warships. Washington also provides maintenance and training to Saudi security forces.

Source: Obama administration arms sales offers to Saudi top $115 billion: report | Reuters