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Terrorism aside, business is business: U.S. sells $12bn fighter jets to Qatar

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Despite President Donald Trump's accusations against the government of Qatar for supporting terrorism, the Pentagon approved a deal to sell $12 billion worth of F-15 fighter jets to the country.

"Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis met today with Qatari Minister of State for Defense Affairs Dr. Khalid al-Attiyah to discuss concluding steps in finalizing the Foreign Military Sales purchase of U.S.-manufactured F-15 fighter aircraft by the State of Qatar," Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Roger Cabiness told CNN in a statement.

"The $12 billion sale will give Qatar a state of the art capability and increase security cooperation and interoperability between the United States and Qatar."

"The secretary and the minister also discussed mutual security interests, including the current status of operations against ISIS, and the importance of de-escalating tensions so all partners in the Gulf region can focus on next steps in meeting common goals," Cabiness added.

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