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US sends investigators to UAE and Saudi to probe CNN weapons violations findings

In September of this year, a delegation of officials with the US State Department and the Pentagon visited the  United Arab Emirates (UAE) in an attempt to verify the findings of a February report by CNN suggesting that US-made Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles (MRAPs) sold to the UAE and Saudi Arabia were actually transferred to rebel factions including fighters with ties to al-Qaeda and to Iran. This would violate agreements of both countries with the US.

This month, the delegation is supposed to visit Saudi Arabia as well as part of the ongoing investigation that was launched following CNN’s report. The State Department says that after the visit to Saudi Arabia, it “expects to have a full account of the circumstances related to the disposition of this equipment and any potential violation of the agreements.”

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