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United Arab Emirates Steps Up Arms Deals With US

In recent months, the United Arab Emirates has taken the purchase of the latest US military gear to the next level, while throwing open its ports and airbases to American warships and fighter wings. Richard Sisk on the rush to defend against the threat of Iran.  
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In the Gulf, the money has always been there for the best and priciest US weaponry, and for easy access to regional bases for the American military.

But in recent months, the United Arab Emirates has taken the buying and basing spree to another level, using the Iranian threat as a catalyst. In the process, the UAE has racked up a number of “firsts” in arms deals and mutual defense arrangements with the United States.

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