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Iraq receives three more US F16 fighter jets

By Rudaw 2/11/2017
Iraq has received 18 F16 fighter jets from the United States since 2014. File photo: AFP/ Sabah Arar
Iraq has received 18 F16 fighter jets from the United States since 2014. File photo: AFP/ Sabah Arar
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region –  Iraq's Ministry of Defence announced on Thursday that it has received three new F16 aircraft from the United States, bringing the total to 17 since Baghdad signed a nearly $2 billion purchase-deal with Washington in 2014.
The deal was for 36 fighter jets, but Iraq will receive only 34 since two crashed during training of Iraqi pilots in the United States.
The planes arrived at Balad airbase, north of the capital Baghdad, the ministry said in a short statement without giving more detail.
The Kurdistan Region has criticized the Iraqi army for using American-supplied weapons against the Peshmerga in clashes over disputed areas that broke out in Kirkuk on October 16 and subsequently other areas including Pirde, south of Erbil.
The Peshmerga have accused the Iraqi army and the Hashd al-Shaabi of using American-made Abrams tanks, but has not reported the use of American fighter jets in the military standoff.
The media office of the Iraqi Air Force told AFP that they had already received 18 fighter jets and with this new batch they now have 21.
The US-trained F16 pilots, some of whom are Kurds, have already carried out hundreds of airstrikes against ISIS. 

The US temporarily postponed the delivery of the planes in 2014 after ISIS took over army installations in Nineveh province. The planes were instead sent to an Arizona air base where Iraqi pilots were being trained to fly the advanced aircraft.  


Correction: Rudaw had earlier mistakenly reported the number of fighter jets as four. This now has been changed to three. 


Last updated at 9:11 p.m .


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Donaldo | 2/11/2017
I'm ashamed of my country, the USA. Zor Iba!
state sponsored terror | 2/11/2017
keep sponsoring terrorist states
Azad | 2/11/2017
Correction: Iran received three more US F16 fighter jets. Who are we kidding? There is no Iraq left because Iraq is not independent anymore. Iran controlles everything in Iraq through sectarian shia Islam. That's why Abadi, Maliki are 100 % sectaran and kill/persecute all sunnis/kurds. Iraq will only be independent when the leaders are secular or against Iran. Countries like Israel, Saudi Arabia, UAE, U.S., Turkey and others should wake up and realise that KRG is the only part of Iraq not under iranian rule. Why would you simply hand over and give up on the only part of a very important country that is not under Iran? KRG is hugely strategic and the last bastion of freedom in Iraq.
AshurayaPlasha | 2/11/2017
Iraq now has 23 F-16's, not 17.
100% kurd | 2/11/2017
Well thanks america you are such a reliable ally to us kurds! No wonder so many kurds waved the american flag over the past few years and even had some naming their childre. After american presidents. As kurds we love america even though you guys stabb us in the back for the last 80 years and we will never abandon our favourite ally !! Whenever a new terrorist group arises in the middle east we kurds will give our lives again so our allies in the usa will be safe and comfortable even though you guys are the ones creating these terrorist groups but hey that what we kurds are for !! We love america till the death thank you america for everything! For putting saddam hussein in power and give him chemical weapons and thank you for letting turkey enter nato and also give them the latest weapons and thank you very much for giving 3 f-16's to iraq at this time of war thank you very much our sugar daddy america we appreciate everything you have done for us. And.nver forget as many times as you stab kurds in the back we will always love you habibi!! ( yes this whole post is sarcasm-_-') but the unfortunate truth is that many kurds still love america and hope for goodwill from these people even though they are the biggest genocide committers in humnan history ( native americans and blacks)

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