Feb 12, 2016

Lawmaker Blocks Deal to Sell F-16s to Pakistan

A senior Republican senator is blocking the Obama administration’s subsidized sale of as many as eight new F-16 jet fighters to Pakistan because of Islamabad’s relationship with a militant group known for targeting U.S.-trained security forces in neighboring Afghanistan.
Sen. Bob Corker (R., Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told Secretary of State John Kerry in a letter that he couldn’t allow the Obama administration to use taxpayer funds to support the sale of the jets.
He cited attacks by the group known as the Haqqani network, saying the government in Islamabad continues to provide haven to its leaders.

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