US weapons maker Raytheon has won a contract valued at $2.4 billion to supply 10 Patriot missile defence systems to Qatar, which is beefing up its defences to counter a growing perceived threat from Iran.
The long-awaited contract
The US has a proven and enduring commitment to Middle East security, backed by diplomatic engagement and a fierce array of warplanes, ships, tanks, artillery and 35,000 troops, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel told Gulf leaders on Saturday.
Gulf Co-operation Council countries are set to begin talks on Morocco and Jordan joining the GCC to boost its political and military clout, a Bahraini envoy said, in the face of a perceived growing Iranian threat.
The GCC, a loose bloc gro
The US Navy said it was carrying out an exercise in the Gulf, days after vowing that Iran will not be allowed to block the waterway which carries crude from the world's largest oil-exporting region.
'The aim of 'Exercise Stake Net' is to p