Kuwait’s government has asked parliament for $20.5 billion in additional funds for defense purchases over the next 10 years, local media and a minister said Tuesday.

Kuwait is looking to upgrade its firepower amid increased security concerns in the region linked to the rise of the jihadist Islamic State group.

The oil-rich emirate is a member of the US-led coalition that has been bombing IS targets in Syria and Iraq since last year, and which is also taking part in a Saudi-led coalition pounding Iran-backed rebels in Yemen. […]