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State Department intends to move forward with sale of fighter jets to Bahrain without human rights conditions

Congress has the chance to review and object to the sale

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has notified Congress the State Department intends to waive human rights conditions attached to the sale of fighter jets to Bahrain, Senate Foreign Relations spokeswoman Micah Johnson confirmed to CNN.

The Obama administration signed off on the sale of F-16 fighter jets last year, but included conditions tied to the human rights record of Bahrain, a Middle East ally and home to the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet.