We ask our part­ners to play an in­creased role in the fight against Daesh and then we sit on their re­quest for US weapons, some­times for years.”

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

—Repub­li­can Rep­re­sen­ta­tive

The holdup for Qatar’s planes may stem from its sup­port for Ha­mas as well as con­cern Qatar isn’t do­ing enough to curb money laun­der­ing and pri­vate fi­nanc­ing of hard-line Is­lamist groups, Ken Katz­man, Mid­dle East an­a­lyst for the Con­gres­sional Re­search Ser­vice, said in an e-mail. He said US of­fi­cials also are vexed that Qatar stopped its airstrikes against Is­lamic State af­ter do­ing only a few in 2014.

Qatar’s re­quest to buy a large num­ber of the most sen­si­tive and ca­pa­ble planes that the US pro­duces is “a recipe for con­cern by the US and Is­rael,” Abu Al Afia said in an e-mail. “But the Kuwait de­lay is com­pletely baf­fling. It’s a low-risk cus­tomer ask­ing for a rel­a­tively low-risk prod­uct,” he said.

Qatar’s em­bassy in Wash­ing­ton said in a state­ment that the na­tion “is deeply

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