“American troops landed in the ground war in Syria in late 2015 with a small contingent of Special Operations forces, hoping to forge an alliance with local militias and rebel groups that could fight the Islamic State.
In the months that followed, the number of American troops grew. Their Kurdish and Arab allies, later known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, started ground assaults that would eventually lead to the loss of Islamic State strongholds in the northern cities of Manbij and their de facto capital in Raqqa.
There are currently an estimated 2,000 American troops in Syria, according to the Pentagon. The influx of forces transformed what had been an initial band of commandos in armored pickups into a scaled-down version of the sprawling military presence in neighboring Iraq.”
“Amid regional instability, an arms race is under way among Arab Gulf countries. The members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait – have spent billions of dollars on weapons this year alone.
Here’s a look at the recent deals made.”
- Saudi Arabia
So far in 2018, Saudi Arabia has allocated over $3bn to arms deals.
Qatar has allocated over $490m to arms deals in 2018.
So far in 2018, Kuwait has allocated over $300m to arms deals.
- United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates has allocated more than $200m for arms purchases in 2018.
Oman has allocated more than $60m for buying weapons in 2018.
Bahrain has not reported any arms purchases yet in 2018.
For specific details see: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/gulf-cooperation-council-arms-race-sells-180412125953374.html