The U.S. weapons industry continues to lead the world as the greatest supplier of major arms and munitions, according to an authoritative analysis, fueling the global violence and turmoil that has soared to unprecedented levels in recent years.The report (pdf), put forth by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) on Monday, found that the U.S. continues to dominate the global arms trade, driving 33 percent of total exports between 2011 and 2015.Meanwhile, the volume of the weapons sent to conflict areas from the United States has increased 27 percent compared to the period between 2006 and 2010, with an overall rise in the arms trade of 14 percent worldwide.\u0022As regional conflicts and tensions continue to mount, the [U.S.] remains the leading global arms supplier by a significant margin,\u0022 said Dr. Aude Fleurant, director of the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme.According to SIPRI, the U.S. has sold or donated major arms to at least 96 states in the past five years, which the report notes is a \u0022significantly higher number of export destinations than any other supplier.\u0022 What\u0026#039;s more, another SIPRI analysis from December revealed that U.S.-based arms manufacturers are profiting heavily from these sales, reaping 54 percent of total global revenue.Topping the list of those on the receiving end of these deals are a number of the United States\u0026#039; Middle East allies. Saudi Arabia received 9.1 percent of the country\u0026#039;s total exports between 2011 and 2015, while United Arab Emirates and Turkey received 9.1 percent and 6.6 percent respectively.Saudi Arabia, which is leading a U.S.-backed assault on Yemen, increased its imports 275 percent since the previous 5-year period, becoming the world\u0026#039;s second top global importer after India. The Gulf state is the United Kingdom\u0026#039;s top arms recipient, as well.The report notes that the military assault on Yemen \u0022was facilitated by high levels of arms imports\u0022 from western nations, despite growing concerns that the Saudi-led coalition has perpetrated a number of war crimes and contributed to high levels of civilian casualties.\u0026nbsp;\u0022Although concerns have been raised in arms-supplying states over Saudi air attacks in Yemen,\u0022 the report states, \u0022Saudi Arabia is expected to continue to receive large numbers of major arms from those states in the next five years. Arms on order include 150 combat aircraft and thousands of air-to-surface missiles and anti-tank missiles from the [U.S.], 14 combat aircraft from the UK and an undisclosed but large number of armoured vehicles from Canada with turrets from Belgium.\u0022The United States also continues to fortify Iraq with increased munitions, despite evidence that those weapons often end up in enemy\u0026#039;s hands. \u0022Although the Islamic State captured or destroyed many weapons of the Iraqi armed forces in 2014,\u0022 SIPRI notes, \u0022the flow of weapons to Iraq that started in 2003 continued in 2015.\u0022 According to the analysis, imports to Iraq grew 83 percent between 2006-10 and 2011-15.