Iraq to Spend $13bn on US Arms

The deputy Iraqi defense minister said Iraq will purchase $13bn (15 trillion Iraqi dinars) of arms from the US between now and 2013.

Speaking to AKnews on Friday, Mohammed Askari said the armaments include warplanes, tanks, armored vehicles, helicopters, naval ships and ammunition.

The official said the contract is currently underway, with some deliveries already received. The U.S. forces are now training the Iraqi forces to operate the armaments.

Asked if this re-arming could provoke concerns among its neighbors, the deputy defense minister said the move is not intended to confront any neighbouring countries, as “the Iraqi army does not have the ability to confront any country right now”. Nevertheless, he stressed that Iraq has the right to arm its forces.

Askari believed Iraq needs to double the U.S. purchase volume to “fully arm and empower” the Iraqi forces to safeguard the county’s interior and border security.

(Source: AKnews)

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  2. hayder January 12, 2011 at 7:11 am #

    here’s the official denial from the Iraqi ministry of defence.

    http://radionawa.com/ar/NewsDetailN.aspx?id=48069&LinkID=151&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

    نفت وزارة الدفاع العراقية الأنباء التي تحدثت عن نيتها إبرام صفقات لشراء أسلحة متطورة من الولايات المتحدة الأميركية بقيمة 13 مليار دولار.
    المتحدث باسم الوزارة اللواء محمد العسكري قال إن تلك الأنباء عارية عن الصحة، ولاتوجد لدى الحكومة العراقية أية نية في الوقت الحاضر لإبرام هكذا صفقات.
    العسكري بين أن لدى الحكومة خطة طويلة الأمد لتطوير وتأهيل القوات العراقية البحرية والجوية والبرية بمختلف قطاعاتها، سيُعلن عنها في حينه.

    Defense: No intention to buy U.S. weapons and announce a plan to qualify the troops will be at the time

    Defence Ministry denied Iraqi reports that its intention to conclude deals to buy sophisticated weapons from the U.S. $ 13 billion.
    Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mohammed al-Askari said that these reports are unfounded, and there is no Iraqi government has no intention at the present time to conclude such deals.
    Between the military government that has long-term plan for the development and rehabilitation of the Iraqi forces, sea and air and land in various sectors, will be announced in due course

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