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US ramps up counter-WMD spending amid Mideast proliferation threats

The Pentagon is putting $6 million into countering weapons of mass destruction in five Middle Eastern countries, as US special operations forces take control of the fight.
An Israeli Defence Force (IDF) reservist from the Home Front Command wears a protective suit during an exercise, together with hospital staff, simulating a chemical warfare attack at the Wolfson Hospital in Holon near Tel Aviv March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Baz Ratner 
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The Donald Trump administration is spending $6 million on a handful of US allies in the Middle East to help keep mass-casualty bombs and chemical agents out of the hands of terrorists.

The Pentagon grants, detailed in recent congressional correspondence reviewed by Al-Monitor, are part of a $28 million package of train-and-equip funds used to help foreign militaries around the world stop the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Between 2014 and 2017, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the Pentagon’s in-house agency formed a decade ago to counter weapons of mass destruction (WMD), allocated $17 million to help foreign militaries respond to dangerous incidents.

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