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Video: PM to ask US for more Arms, Strikes

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Monday that he will use a visit to the United States to seek increased air support and arms deliveries to aid Baghdad's battle against jihadists.

Iran Sends Additional Arms to Iraq

By Patrick Schmidt. Iran already holds a growing position of influence in Iraq and this position has grown once again. The Iranian government has dispatched a number of advanced missile and rocket systems to Iraq to aid the in the fight against the Islamic State (IS, ISIS, ISIL). The systems seem to be Fajr-5 rockets […]

UAE Offers Mirage Fighters to Iraq

By John Lee. Defense News cites a source within the government of the United Arab Emirates as saying that the UAE may sell up to 10 Mirage 2000-9s fighter jets to the Iraqi Air Force in March. The decision comes following a visit by the Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, to Abu Dhabi in December. […]

US Donates 250 Armoured Vehicles

By John Lee. In support of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), the United States has donated 250 mine-resistant, armor-protected (MRAP) vehicles to the Iraqi Government. U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Stuart Jones, commented: “The number one threat to the Iraqi security forces are roadside bombs and vehicle-borne bombs…These MRAP vehicles provide increased ballistic and counter mine […]

US Considers Upgrades for Iraqi Tanks

By Patrick Schmidt. Like the United States, Iraq’s main battle tank is the M1A1 Abrams, manufactured by General Dynamics. The United States Army is considering providing additional technology for Iraqi tanks including mine clearing blades/rollers, heavy-duty armor tiles, stronger belly armor, as well as other features. Many of these features will assist in the fight […]

Czech Govt Seek Iraq Arms Deals

By John Lee. The Czech Foreign Minister, Lubomír Zaorálek and Deputy Defense Minister, Tomáš Kuchta, is to visit Iraq this week with a delegation of businesspeople to boost business deals, mainly in the defense sector. “Negotiations about the supplies of aviation technology, the pilots' training and the armoring of helicopters are underway there,” Kuchta told […]

UK to Provide Advanced Weaponry to KRG

In a meeting in London on Friday with the Kurdistan Region’s Chancellor of the Security Council, Masrour Barzani, British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said, UK is planning to provide more advanced weaponry at the nearest opportunity to the Peshmarga forces. He stressed that there is no political limit in supporting the Peshmerga, adding that the […]

Iraqi Weapons Trade Thrives

By Wassim Bassem for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. An Iraqi blogger wrote on the Facebook page "Buying and Selling Weapons in Iraq,” an account he also manages: “Needed anti-armor rocket propellers. Anti-personnel missiles available." This Facebook page consists of […]

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US Approves $600m Ammunition Deal

By John Lee. The US State Department has approved a possible sale to Iraq for M1A1 Abrams tank ammunition and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $600 million (700 billion Iraqi dinars). The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. The Government of […]

UK Gives Arms to KRG

By John Lee. At the request of the government of Iraq to provide urgent military support, the UK will supply heavy machine guns and nearly half-a-million rounds of ammunition. China's Xinhua news agency values the assistance at $2.6 million (3 billion Iraqi dinars). According to the statement from the British Ministry for Defence, this will […]

Germany Approves Arms Sale to KRG

By Patrick M Schmidt. At a press conference held by German Defense Minister Ursula Von Der Leyen (pictured) and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the German government officially announced the supply of arms to the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG). The deal includes 8,000 G36 assault rifles, 8,000 G3 rifles, ammunition, 200 Panzerfaust anti-tank systems, thirty MILAN […]

Italy Considers Arms Transfers

By John Lee. The Italian government has joined Germany and France in saying they are preparing to send arms and other assistance to both Kurdish aligned forces and the federal government of Iraq in Baghdad. The move follows a visit to Iraq by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who announced on his return that Italy […]