Record number of bombs dropped on Afghanistan in 2018

https://www.forbes.com/sites/niallmccarthy/2018/11/13/the-u-s-never-dropped-as-many-bombs-on-afghanistan-as-it-did-in-2018-infographic/ Even though the conflict has been making fewer headlines in recent years, the U.S. has never dropped as many bombs on Afghanistan as it did this year. According to U.S. Air Forces Central Command data, manned and unmanned aircraft released 5,213 weapons between January and the end of September 2018. Previously, 2010 held the record for …

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Price tag of the ‘war on terror’ will top $6 trillion soon

https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2018/11/14/price-tag-of-the-war-on-terror-will-top-6-trillion-soon/ The price tag of the ongoing “war on terror” in the Middle East will likely top $6 trillion next year, and will reach $7 trillion if the conflicts continue into the early 2020s, according to a new report out Wednesday. The annual Costs of War project report, from the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown …

EU arms sale to Saudi and UAE since 2015: 55 times more than aid to Yemen

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/perverse-cycle-european-arms-sales-saudi-and-uae-worth-sixty-times-aid-yemen-356882718 Yet while the Saudi-led coalition has bombed the region’s poorest country over the past three years, the EU and European countries approved the sale of more than $86.7bn in arms to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, according to figures compiled by Middle East Eye. The value of the licences which the countries issued …

Spain: new Saudi corvette set for delivery in 2021

https://www.janes.com/article/84504/first-new-saudi-corvette-set-for-delivery-in-2021 There were fears in September of a possible cancellation of the EUR1.8 billion (USD2.1 billion) order because of a ban on Spain selling laser-guided bombs to the Saudis, which was overturned within a week. However, Fernández Guerrero assured members of parliament (MPs) on 7 November that work would start on the ships in January …

Saudi and UAE are Starving Yemenis to Death

https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/11/08/saudi-arabia-and-the-united-arab-emirates-are-starving-yemenis-to-death-mbs-khashoggi-famine-yemen-blockade-houthis/ According to the Yemen Data Project, Saudi and Emirati aircraft have conducted over 18,500 air raids on Yemen since the war began—an average of over 14 attacks every day for over 1,300 days. They have bombed schools, hospitals, homes, markets, factories, roads, farms, and even historical sites. Tens of thousands of civilians, including thousands of children, have been …