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US State Department: Iraq committed to building a strong security relationship with the United States


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US Secretary reveal its weapons sales to Iraq


 Since 03.23.2017 at 09:27 (Baghdad time)


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The US State Department revealed that Washington issued for Iraq, since 2005, various types of weapons and military equipment with a total value exceeding $ 22 billion.

According to a special statement issued by the ministry on military-technical cooperation between the United States and Iraq, the government in Baghdad covered the "vast majority" of US arms supply operations, using money from Iraq's budget.

US State Department indicated that the talk about the purchase of weapons by the Iraqi government directly from the United States government, as the Iraqi government purchased from the United States, during the year 2016.36 fighter "F-16" and a host of ammunition packs subsidiaries, including models of rockets "AIM-9M Sidewiner" and "AGM-65 Maverick", as well as 141 tanks "M1A1" model, and 24 helicopters "IA407 model", and 9 military transport aircraft of the type "C-130".

The Iraqi army also received from the United States on the quantities of surplus weapons and military equipment, including 300 large car armored anti-mine-type "MRAP", helicopters and "OH-58", and artillery howitzer.

The United States confirmed in a statement "its commitment to the strategic partnership with Iraq and its people, and its quest to improve the security conditions and support for the sovereignty of Iraq and the defeat of Daesh and other terrorist organizations" .anthy 29 / A 43

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A statement issued by US State Department spokesman stressed that thanks to good training and preparation and fire coalition forces managed to Iraqi forces, including the Peshmerga forces to expel the organization Daesh of the major cities and almost prevented him from re - seizure of other regions. 

And Radio Sawa US foreign ministry spokesman as saying that the weapons approved by the Ministry of Foreign Iraq Military Sales program sales volume reached about $ 22 billion since 2005, pointing out that Iraq showed purchase US equipment 'commitment to building a strong security and defense ties between the two countries '. 

He pointed to the purchase of ammunition and missiles and equipment and tanks entered into by the parties in 2016 under this program, and pointed out that the US Congress has provided funds worth two billion dollars to Iraq under foreign military financing program (FMF) since its introduction in 2012, explaining that it was intended in the beginning to support the army and security forces, and with the emergence of al Daesh in 2014 has been re - direct these funds to the fight against terrorism by providing Iraq with missiles, ammunition and equipment.

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Iraq receives U.S. consent to buy arms supplies worth over $22 billion

Posted on March 24, 2017 by Editorial Staff in Economy, Politics, Security
IA-407 helicopters are prepped to be shipped to Iraq

IA-407 helicopters are prepped to be shipped to Iraq, Apr 3, 2013. Photo: U.S Army/

WASHINGTON,— The Iraqi government has received the consent of the U.S. Department of State to buy American weapons in the form of Foreign Military Sales (FMS) worth more than $22 billion in a 12 year period.

The United States has been Iraq’s primary supplier since 2005 of which arms exports in 2016 included 146 M1A1 Main Battle Tanks, 36 F-16 fighter aircraft, 24 IA407 helicopters, and 9 C-130 cargo aircraft.

American arms exports to the Iraqi government last year also included an F-16 munitions package of short-range air-to-air missiles, laser-guided bombs, air-to-ground tactical missiles.


The Office of the Spokesperson at the U.S. State Department released a fact sheet on Wednesday saying Congress has provided Iraq with funding of over $2 billion in form of Foreign Military Financing (FMF) following the end of funding in 2012 by Department of Defense.

“These funds were originally intended to build up Iraq’s long-term sustainment and logistics capabilities, and for Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) professionalization and other essential training,” Department of Defense said.

“These funds were critical to the Iraqi effort to blunt IS’s advance while the Department of Defense’s ITEF Iraq Train and Equip Fund authority was being stood up, demonstrating the flexibility and speed of Department of State security assistance programs,” the department said.

The Iraqi government owes United States $250 million of a $2.7 billion loan that it was provided to pay for arms imports and needs to pay back over an eight-year period.

The United States has trained 18,000 Kurdish fighters with Iraq Train and Equip Funding (ITEF) in order to support the ongoing operation against Islamic State (IS) militants in the country, the State Department said.

The State Department’s statement said that along with the 18,000 trained, several hundred Kurdish fighters were also currently receiving training at the Erbil Building Partner Capacity site.

The Kurdish Peshmerga in Iraqi Kurdistan are not unified forces, and considered as militias loyal and taking orders from the two rival ruling parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party KDP led by Massoud Barzani and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan PUK.

IS militants launched their first attack on Mosul on June 4 when the Iraqi army withdrew from the city and left it to militants. The city fell nearly a week later on June 10, displacing tens of thousands of residents.

Peshmerga forces officially began fighting against IS in August 2014 after the IS jihadi militants captured Mosul, Sinjar, and territory in Kirkuk Governorate.

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What faster way to create security in Iraq than to buy weaponry from the world's most elite military/world police?

Kinda the same "secure" feeling you have when your big brother shows up to a fight you weren't sure you could win.  SUDDENLY things seem much more secure and the bad guy gets his a$$ kicked!  

No, how about some SUDDEN financial stability...GO RV!!

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