By John Lee.
The second deputy speaker of the Iraqi parliament said Iraq needs to build and provide public services rather than buy heavy weapons, according to a report from AKnews.
Commenting on the visit of Iraq's Defense Minister Sadoun al-Dlemi [Sadoun al-Dulaimi, Sadun al-Dulaymi] to Russia to buy heavy weapons, Arf Taifur expressed his surprise at the timing of the visit because Iraq is witnessing sensitive and political problems.
He said the government must concentrate on providing more services and lift the burden on Iraqis by solving the electricity crisis, reducing unemployment, and looking after those affected by wars and terrorist attacks.
(Picture: M1A1 Abrams tank being delivered at Umm Qasr, August 2010)