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US to sell missiles to Iraq to fight ISIS

Fri 22 Jan 2016, 11:19:16

The United States has approved the sale of almost two billion US dollar worth of bombs and missiles to equip Iraq's squadron of F-16 attack jets in their battle against ISIS.

The Defence Security Cooperation Agency said 400 American government staff and contractors would work in Iraq until at least 2020 to maintain the arsenal and train Iraqi pilots and ground crew.

This proposed sale enables Iraq to fully maintain and employ its aircraft and sustain pilot training to effectively protect Iraq from current and future threats, it said.

The sale of the 36 jets had been previously announced, but the 1.95 billion US dollar arms package confirms that the Iraqis will have access to modern smart bombs and missiles.


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