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The recent surge in U.S. arms transfers to the Middle East is part of an unprecedented boom in major U.S. arms sales that has been presided over by the Obama administration. In President Obama’s first six years in office, new agreements under the Pentagon’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program – the largest channel for U.S. weapons exports – totaled over $195 billion. Overall, the Obama administration has approved more major weapons deals than any U.S. administration since World War II.

Since Saudi Arabia initiated its air campaign began in Yemen last March, the United States has announced $8.3 billion in new, major arms deals between Washington and Riyadh. On the Hill, however, concerns are growing over the U.S. role in a crisis that has claimed the lives of over 2,100 civilians with no military solution in sight.

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has allegedly withheld records about a ranking Salvadoran military officer implicated in civilian massacres during the 1980s Salvadoran Civil War, according a recent lawsuit by the University of Washington’s Center for Human Rights (UWCHR).
 

This article was originally published in Lobeblog.

“We have seen what has happened, that the people were not in favor of it [coup d’état]. That is why we gave it up.” This was Gen. Gilbert Diendéré’s ad-libbed apology for the coup d’état he recently instigated in the West African country of Burkina Faso.

According to Diendéré, the Burkinabe people (there are...

This is an overview of the U.S. military exercises in Latin America that have occured between June and September 2015. 

The post-coup military leader of Burkina Faso steered Burkina Faso's participation in a major U.S. counterterrorism training exercise, according to the Defense Department's Africa Command website.

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