The Saudi players were also happy to perform elaborate religious goal celebrations, kneeling to the ground to pray to God after scoring an equaliser late in the first half.

From 1986-93, these three countries accounted for nearly 40 percent of all arms exports to developing world countries. Saudi Arabia had sought to buy the jet in the mid-1980s, but Congress opposed the sale on the grounds that it would threaten Israel. has demanded that the jets be equipped with the Air Force's most advanced medium-range air-to-air missile (AMRAAM)-- and the Clinton Administration agreed. Now Israel, Egypt, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia have all lined up to get AMRAAMs. (Country Briefing: Saudi Arabia, Jane's Defense Weekly, 18 August 1999, p. Such sales by the United States also give the green light to other arms exporters to introduce new levels of military technology into this and other tense regions. 27-29 on the difficulty the United States faces in persuading Russia to forgo arms exports to Iran, given high level U. arms transfers to Persian Gulf countries.]At the same time, defense and intelligence officials now routinely cite the spread of advanced and, on occasion, low end conventional weapons as a threat to U. (By comparison, the United States spent about 4.6 percent of its GNP on the military during this same time.) During just 1995-97, over $31 billion was spent on arms imports from the United States and Europe. These budgetary problems have led the Saudi Kingdom to revise payments on $25-$30 billion of U. Saudi financial problems will grow when the embargo on Iraqi oil sales--in place since 1991--is lifted.

Saudi Arabia imported $55.6 billion in arms, Iraq imported $22.7 billion, and Iran imported $13.9 billion. Grimmett, Congressional Research Service, Conventional Arms Transfers to the Third World, 1986-93," 29 July 1994) The sale of F-15E bombers provides a good case study of how others respond to sales of high-tech U. (While relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia improved following the Gulf War, the two are technically still in a state of war.) In September 1992, the Bush Administration and Congress approved the export of 48 of the aircraft to Saudi Arabia, largely on the basis of an aggressive "jobs now" campaign waged by Mc Donnell Douglas (MD), the manufacturer of the aircraft. The sale got caught up in presidential politics, with then-candidate Bill Clinton endorsing the deal while on a campaign stop in St. Shortly thereafter President Bush announced his support for the sale while at a campaign-style rally at the Mc Donnell Douglas factory. A 1995 report by the CIA's non-proliferation center noted that "as countries' reliance on exports to maintain their defense industrial base grows, pressures will increase to export advanced conventional weapons and technologies to remain competitive with the United States in the world arms market" (emphasis added). Nonproliferation Policy, hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee (Washington: U. According to William Quandt, a middle east scholar at the Brookings Institution, "This is not a popular regime.

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of Defense in Foreign Military Sales, Foreign Military Construction Sales and Military Assistance Facts; the most current online edition includes information through FY 1999.)Oil rich Saudi Arabia is a cash-paying customer. (Check out the Offsets Monitoring Project for more information on this phenomenon.) The United States has very close and long-running military ties to the Saudi regime dating back to 1945. However, several concerns have been raised about this close military cooperation and the related sales of sophisticated arms. A flurry of expensive arms sales followed the 1990-91 Gulf War. jet sale, Saudi Arabia has been making noises about buying more F-15s, which Israel opposes. government has dramatically raised the standard of combat aircraft and munitions of U. allies in the region, many of whom are engaged in a "cold peace" with each other. In lobbying Congress for production funds for its F-22 fighter, Lockheed cites the widespread proliferation of very capable combat aircraft, like the Russian Mi G-29 and the American-made F-15 and F-16.

Following the 1990-91 war against Iraq, more than 5,000 U. These concerns are: Many of the systems on order, such as the M-1A2 Abrams main battle tank, M-2A2 Bradley armored vehicles, F-15E Strike Eagle attack aircraft and Patriot surface-to-air missile, are the top-of-the-line systems deployed with U. However, long before Iraq invaded Kuwait, Saudi Arabia sought to obtain Americas most sophisticated weaponry in order to counterbalance its much more populous regional rivals-Iran and Iraq. had declined to export this missile to countries in the region. Saudi Arabia has threatened the United States not to base decisions future export decisions on regional security and avoiding arms races: Officials in the Saudi capital have hinted that the kingdom may look elsewhere for a replacement for the F-5 if the USA continues to link future military sales to Israeli security concerns. Large-scale sales of advanced conventional weapons to our Middle Eastern allies play into the threat perceptions of "unfriendly" governments as well, in this case Iran and Iraq, spurring them to seek countervailing weapons. And, completing the circle, the military services and industry justify development and production of next-generation weapons on the basis of arms being acquired by Third World nations, including previously-exported U. From 1987-97 Saudi Arabia is estimated to have spent 2 billion (constant 1997 dollars) on its military, with its annual military expenditure consuming on average 18 percent of GNP. State Department, World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers 1998) Low oil prices, a billion tab for the 1991 Gulf War, and tens of billions of dollars worth of new weapons have led to large budget deficits for the past several years. A January 1994 deal between the United States and Saudi Arabia extends payment and delivery schedules for outstanding weapons orders; less important orders may be postponed.

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She won the individual bronze medal over courses that are significantly smaller than will be encountered at London 2012 and against moderate competition - strong equestrian nations from Europe were largely absent.

Saudi players on the bench refused to stand for the minute's silence.