Bahrain’s F-16V order comes with strings attached

It has been disclosed that the Obama administration added a “declaration of concern” into the draft notification of the sale of F-16 fighters to Bahrain.

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In it, Washington wanted Bahrain to improve its human rights record before the sale can proceed. The declaration did not specify what steps Bahrain needs to act on.

Besides selling new F-16s to Bahrain, Lockheed Martin will get to upgrade Bahrain’s existing F-16 fleet as well.

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