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Qatar to sign $12-bn deal for US F-15 jets amid Gulf crisis

F-15 sale highlights the complex position of US to find balance with business deals and anti-terrorism stand

Anthony Capaccio & Nick Wadhams 

Qatar will sign a deal to buy as many as 36 F-15 jets from the US as the two nations navigate tensions over President Donald Trump’s backing for a Saudi-led coalition’s move to isolate the country for supporting terrorism. Qatari Defence Minister Khalid Al-Attiyah and his US counterpart, Jim Mattis, completed the $12 billion agreement on Wednesday in Washington, according to the Pentagon. The sale “will give Qatar a state of the art capability and increase security cooperation and interoperability between the United States and Qatar,” the Defence ...

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First Published: Fri, June 16 2017. 01:27 IST