The United States holds an unrivaled dominance in the global market share of arms sales.
The total value of international US arms exports delivered in 2016 was close to $10 billion, or 29 percent of the total global export market.
The global arms trade has a direct bearing on the effects of war on civilians, including many children.
Of mounting concern are the effects of explosive weapons used in urban areas, as seen in recent military campaigns in Iraq and Syria.
Data collected indicates that civilians represent approximately 92 percent of those reported killed and injured when security forces employ explosive weapons in populated areas.
Analysts estimate that explosive weapons led to the death of 32,000 civilians in 2016 alone.
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