Feds OK $1.6B In Weapons Sales To UAE & Japan

By Jack Newsham (July 20, 2016, 5:37 PM EDT) -- The U.S. State Department approved more than $1.6 billion in arms purchases by two allies Tuesday, authorizing the United Arab Emirates to buy thousands of bombs to drop on ISIS and giving Japan the green light to purchase missiles from BAE Systems and Raytheon.

The UAE plans to start talks with contractors to supply more than 14,000 bombs, fuses and guidance kits to steer the weapons to their targets in a deal the State Department pegged at $785 million. The sale will help the country remain an "active member" of the U.S.-led airstrike campaign, known as Operation Inherent Resolve, against the Islamic...

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