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United States trims military training aid to regional allies

US military training to Gulf countries fell in 2015 after three straight years of growth. Analysts said this may offer a foretaste of what might be to come under the administration of President Donald Trump, which has vowed to cut Washington’s foreign aid bill – although military training has benefits, and proponents within the administration, which might mean it escapes any cuts.According to the Security Assistance Monitor (SAM), part of Washington-based think-tank the Center for International Policy, the US provided training to 4,136 Gulf military personnel in 2015, down from 4,748 the year before.

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