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Sun Apr 29, 2012, 02:40 PM

Iraq to get first F-16 jets in early 2014: official

Source: Reuters

Iraq to get first F-16 jets in early 2014: official

By Raheem Salman

BAGHDAD | Sun Apr 29, 2012 12:20pm EDT

(Reuters) - Iraq will receive the first 24 of 36 F-16 fighter jets it has ordered from the United States at the beginning of 2014, a senior official told Reuters on Sunday.

Under deposed dictator Saddam Hussein, Iraq's air force was one of the largest in the region with hundreds of mainly Soviet-designed jets. Its military was disbanded after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

Last July, Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki doubled the number of warplanes Iraq had initially planned to buy to strengthen an air force neglected during a protracted period when the country relied on U.S. air support.

Iskander Witwit, the deputy head of parliament's security and defense committee, said that the first 24 planes would make up two air force squadrons.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/29/us-iraq-warplanes-idUSBRE83S0AG20120429

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2012, 02:42 PM

1. It's just what they need.

Money trumps peace and all that.

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Sun Apr 29, 2012, 02:54 PM

2. If we rig the computers to self destruct on these planes now,

 

we won't have to spend a trillion taxpayer dollars to find them and blow them up in 20 years. Planning ahead = fiscal responsibility.

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