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Government audit finds 'gaps' in monitoring of US arms sales to Persian Gulf countries
WASHINGTON (AP) ' A U.S. government audit has found inadequate monitoring of American weapons sales to Persian Gulf countries, with questionable human rights records or recent clashes with protesters.
The Government Accountability Office said "gaps" in the State and Defense departments' monitoring of equipment after it's sold leaves technology such as night-vision devices "prone to diversion."
The issue is sensitive because of a proposed $53 million arms deal with Bahrain.
The report said the department vets units receiving U.S.-funding training in the Gulf. But it hasn't done human rights vetting for units receiving equipment in Bahrain and Oman.
The report says that safeguard is critical, "given Bahrain's use of its security forces to quell public demonstrations."