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Arms Exports - United States

Name the countries that import the most weaponry from the United States.
For the ten-year period, 2008-2017
According to SIPRI
Quiz by Gamer1162
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First submittedJune 11, 2017
Last updatedApril 10, 2018
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Rank
Recipient
1
Saudi Arabia
2
Australia
3
South Korea
4
United Arab Emirates
5
Iraq
6
Singapore
7
Japan
Rank
Recipient
8
Turkey
9
Taiwan
10
United Kingdom
11
India
12
Egypt
13
Pakistan
Rank
Recipient
14
Israel
15
Canada
16
Kuwait
17
Afghanistan
18
Italy
Morocco
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level 74
Jun 14, 2017
Selling weapons to all sides in the middle east and then offer to negotiate peace -- I thought I was a cynic. Wow. Even better sell weapons to nuclear powers on the same subcontinent who don't life each other. Well done.
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level 79
Sep 1, 2017
I thought the same thing. To be fair, though, I would think it's more likely that if things really blow up in the Middle East, the countries we export to in the Middle East would be united because they are fighting a common foe.
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level 77
Sep 1, 2017
eh... while I don't disagree necessarily that the US ought to stop selling arms to certain countries... if they did of course they would only be allowing Russia, the UK, China, etc. to step in and supply the demand as they have in many other places. The United States did not create the conflict in the Middle East nor the demand for weapons there. Israel was originally armed mostly by the Czechs. Other sides got their arms from the British, the French, and the Soviets primarily. and of course these conflicts go back far far longer than 1948, back to before the United States even existed, actually.
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level 77
Oct 21, 2017
iDon is mostly right, too. The US sees Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait and Qatar as a check on the power of Iran, not Israel. They see Egypt and Turkey as playing a stabilizing role in the region contrary to Syria or Lebanon. They see Iraq as a bulwark against the expansion of ISIS, and Afghanistan and Pakistan as a check on the Taleban.
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level 58
Oct 21, 2017
Your comment is very enlightening.
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level 76
Oct 21, 2017
We are trying to do the same thing with China and North Korea.
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level 45
Oct 21, 2017
How is this "all sides"? Nothing to Iran or Syria. The rest of these countries have made some sort of peace with each other (often with US pressure and help in diplomacy).
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level 45
May 22, 2019
Yeah, with each other perhaps (although actually mostly not really), but internally they are fighting drawn out civil wars with foreign powers (particularly the USA, Russia, China, UK, France) supporting different factions within the war, and leading to an incredible amount of suffering, all so those countries can continue to sell their weapons for their own profit. And then they wonder why there are so many refugees. Duh!
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level 45
Jun 14, 2017
Singapore was a surprise.
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level 72
Jun 16, 2017
And at #6 to boot.
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level 52
Oct 21, 2017
Don't take that too litterally, singapore is basically a huge port that buys and redistributes many types of goods, including arms. They don't actually buy these for themselves
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level 45
Oct 23, 2017
Singapore actually keeps a squadron of F-15s in the US. They don't have enough airspace to operate in so they train their pilots in the US.
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level 78
Apr 12, 2018
i only got it because i remembered how high it is ranked among arms exporters. Being so tiny i thought "it has to get those arms from somewhere"
+3
level 59
Oct 21, 2017
Only one European country here! Also a bit of Turkey but still, I guess we make our own weapons.
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level 76
Oct 21, 2017
You don't have to. The US has weapons at our bases in Europe and we also maintain war reserve stocks in many European countries. We have nuclear weapons stored in Europe, too, but we don't give out the codes to detonate them.
+2
level 59
Oct 23, 2017
France and the UK still have gigantic defence and aerospace industries. They're some of the biggest and most influential employers in both countries, and in the UK at least a lot of international relations is basically about propping them up.
+1
level 67
Oct 21, 2017
Talk about shooting yourself in the foot...
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level 46
Oct 23, 2017
more like Middle-East map quiz lol
+1
level 69
Apr 3, 2018
We Aussies sure like our 'Murican weapons.
+1
level 71
Jan 24, 2019
Probably bumped up by our spending on the joint strike fighter program.
+3
level 68
Apr 11, 2018
The US can't have political dialogue with Taiwan, but we can sell them weapons?
+1
level 62
Apr 11, 2018
Quite surprised by Morocco entering the list. Australia got a bump in the list. Everything else seemed to remain the same, except a tie for 18th
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level 73
Apr 15, 2018
They have an insurgency still going on, unfriendly neighbour and they are the only African country outside African Union.
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level 53
Nov 9, 2018
Technically Morocco is our oldest ally. Still shocking how high it is though.
+3
level 72
Aug 13, 2018
This should be renamed "Countries Most Likely to Next Get Invaded By the United States For Having Weapons".
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level 56
Apr 11, 2019
@someone2018 Have you really been to 113 countries, including all the U.S. states and all constituent countries of the United Kingdom?
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level 71
Sep 17, 2019
Quite depressing. At least Ireland isn't on the list.