Despite criticism over terrorism, Qatar completes $12 bn deal with US to buy F-15 jets

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and representatives from Qatar were set to meet Wednesday to seal the agreement, a source familiar with the deal told Reuters.

By: Reuters | Bengaluru | Updated: June 15, 2017 10:03 am
A US Air Force F-15 fighter jet does a low-level flyby over Forward Operating Base Bostick in eastern Afghanistan January 1, 2009. Reuters

Qatar’s Ministry of Defense said on Wednesday the country signed a deal to buy F-15 fighter jets from the United States for $12 billion. The deal was completed despite the Gulf country being criticized recently by US President Donald Trump for supporting terrorism.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and representatives from Qatar were set to meet Wednesday to seal the agreement, a source familiar with the deal told Reuters. Bloomberg News reported the deal was for 36 jets.

The sale will increase security cooperation and interoperability between the US and Qatar, the Pentagon said in an emailed statement on Wednesday.

Defense Secretary Mattis and Qatari Minister of State for Defense Affairs Khalid al-Attiyah also discussed the current state of operations against the ISIS and the importance of de-escalating tensions so all partners in the gulf region can focus on next steps in meeting common goals, the Pentagon added.

In November, the United States approved possible sale of up to 72 F-15QA aircraft to Qatar for $21.1 billion. Boeing Co is the prime contractor on the fighter jet sale to the Middle East nation.

Boeing declined to comment.

Trump on Friday accused Qatar of being a “high-level” sponsor of terrorism, potentially hindering the US Department of State’s efforts to ease heightening tensions and a blockade of the Gulf nation by Arab states and others.

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    sri
    Jun 15, 2017 at 1:27 pm
    Typical of the unprincipled USA. They will side with Saudi Arabia but then enter into large deals for their own benefit. They have been arming the Porkis for decades just to keep the Indo Porki rivalry high. In fact, they will sell the rope to the hangman who will use it to hang Americans. Just as they gave billions of dollars of aid to the Porkis even when the Porkis were supporting the Taliban to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan
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      Sujatha Selvam
      Jun 15, 2017 at 1:25 pm
      A few days ago US blamed that Qatar is supporting terrorism. Today US is supplying $12-billion fighter jet to Qatar. Now can we conclude that US is supporting terrorism?
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        gary george
        Jun 15, 2017 at 1:02 pm
        USA will arms to every Islamic nation and then watch the fight against each other.
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          ashok
          Jun 15, 2017 at 12:58 pm
          The art of the deal.
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            Birendra
            Jun 15, 2017 at 12:36 pm
            haramjada US noisy and disturbing peoples better to side with russions
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              Birendra
              Jun 15, 2017 at 12:34 pm
              this country called America is really a terrorist country,world should get back behind putin and support him to get rid of this America
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                Birendra
                Jun 15, 2017 at 12:31 pm
                F 15 is is obsolete weopon with no strike power americans are selling it there and Quatar is buying it is buying it,,bl--dy holes americans
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                  gary george
                  Jun 15, 2017 at 1:03 pm
                  Why do you buy them then?
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                    sri
                    Jun 15, 2017 at 1:08 pm
                    Is it ? I wonder. Most of the world does not even have anything equivalent to the F-15. A pure bomber.
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                    autonomous
                    Jun 15, 2017 at 12:28 pm
                    F 15 u.s going to supply to Qatar will only be a refurbished must be a second quality they are no match for SAUDIS strike eagle,typhoon...Qatar can't equal Saudi in fire power ever.Qatar should remain calm to reduce the tension else Saudi will cross all the lines to show their power to Qataris.Though u.s makes money out of Qatar they will never go against SAUDI it is a unwritten fact,the whole gulf knew it.
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