Saudis Buy $30 Billion in U.S. Jets

    CROPPED VERSION This picture taken early evening on March 21, 2011 shows the US F-15 jet which crashed in Libya later in the evening due to a technical fault during a raid against anti-aircraft defences, as it prepares to take off for its mission from Aviano air base. The US Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany, said the aircraft had experienced equipment malfunction over northeast Libya, adding that the two crew members had ejected and were safe.  AFP PHOTO / GIUSEPPE CACACE (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The U.S. will sell Saudi Arabia $30 billion worth of F-15 fighter jets, the Obama administration said Thursday. The deal comes on the heels of rising tensions with Iran, and is considered essential in strengthening the U.S.’s military relationship with Saudi Arabia. The deal also calls for the production of 84 new aircraft, and the modernization of 70 current aircraft along with “munitions, spare parts, training, maintenance, and logistics,” according to White House spokesman Josh Earnest. The White House says the deal will help create 50,000 jobs.

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