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U.S. fighter sales to Gulf allies stalled for up to 3 years

While the Obama administration has promised new arms sales to bolster Sunni Gulf allies against their Shiite rival Iran, the White House has yet to seek congressional approval for fighter jets requested by Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain as long ago as 2013.

The stalled aircraft sales could be valued at as much as $12 billion -- and $20 billion if spare parts, logistical support and munitions are included, according to Richard Aboulafia, an aerospace analyst for the Teal Group in suburban Washington, D.C.

"We ask our partners to play an increased role in the fight against" Islamic State "and then we sit on their request for U.S. weapons, sometimes for years," ...

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