Iraq Receives Russian Fighter Jets

By John Lee.

Iraq has received the first batch of fighter jets from Russia to help it repel the offensive by Sunni rebels.

The defence ministry said five Sukhoi SU-25 attack aircraft would enter service in "three to four days".

Prime minister Nouri al-Maliki told the BBC last week that his government had signed a deal with Russia and Belarus to supply jet fighters.

The deals are reportedly worth up to $500 million.

(Source: BBC News, Ministry of Defense)

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