Tag Archives | Apache helicopters

U.S. Apache Helicopters Join Counter-ISIL Fight

U.S. Apache helicopters have entered the fight in Iraq against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters yesterday. “Commanders have used the Apache capability that we positioned there and that [President Barack Obama] authorized them to use some months ago,” Carter said as he traveled to Brussels for […]

US Offers Helicopter Support in Ramadi

By Simon Kent. US Defense Secretary Ash Carter has said that, if requested the Iraqi army can benefit from US ground attack helicopters and embedded military advisers in the final stages of the fight for Ramadi. The Iraqi army have recently made significant advances into the center of the town, (pictured above) which is the capital […]

Apache Sale Thrown into Doubt

By John Lee. Defense News reports that a proposed $4.8-billion deal to sell the latest Apache AH-64E helicopters to Iraq may have fallen through. According to the report, the US government made Baghdad a formal offer for the 24 helicopters, along with spare parts and a comprehensive training program, but the Iraqis have not yet […]

Pentagon Sends Attack Helicopters

By John Lee. The Pentagon said on Tuesday that the US has sent Apache attack helicopters (pictured) to Iraq. The Hill reports that officials would not say how many of the armed helicopters have been sent to the country, stating only that they will be based in Baghdad and could assist with evacuations of American […]

US-Iraq Security Cooperation Continues

By Hassan al Najm for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Lt. Gen. Michael Bednarek, chief of the US Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq, said that the Iraqi government and armed forces are working on countering terrorism in cooperation with the United […]

Pentagon to Sell Apaches to Iraq

By John Lee. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq for AH-64E APACHE LONGBOW Attack Helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $4.8 billion. The Government of Iraq has requested a possible sale of 24 AH-64E APACHE […]

Zebari to Discuss Helicopter Deal in US

By John Lee. Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari will meet with Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday; the Daily Beast speculates that among his top requests will be for the White House to overcome objections in Congress to selling his country advanced Apache helicopters the Iraqis say they need to fight terrorists within their borders. […]

Iraq Signs $3bn Deal for F-16 Fighter Jets

By John Lee. Iraq’s acting defense minister, Sadoun al-Dulaimi, has said that the government has inked a new $3-billion contract with the US to buy another 18 F-16 fighter, according to MENA. The minister said that the new purchase is part of an agreement to buy a total of 36 fighters from the US. He […]