The Middle East was the developing world's largest arms market in the years 1989-96, and volume is expected to remain heavy for a long time, as 21st century security balances shift and regroup. The region signed arms agreements worth $100 billion during the period, easily outstripping Asia's $77 billion and Latin America's $11.9 billion, according to the latest U.S. figures. The U.S. picked up better than half--nearly $56 billion--of the Middle East total. Russia and France were ...

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