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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Iraq Looks to Russia, China, Ukraine For Air Defense Options

The Iraq War Was a Total Waste

  • The two real reasons for the Iraq War:  1) to re-elect Bush in 2004 and 2) to eliminate a long time Russian ally in the Middle East.
  • Well all the U.S. blood and treasure was totally wasted. As the Iraq War fades we see Iraq move right back as a friend of Russia.

(CNS News) – A senior Iraqi lawmaker announced on Monday that the Iraqi government is exploring buying Russian, Chinese, or Ukrainian air defense systems, possibly in exchange for Iraqi oil shipments.
The remarks come amid signs that Iraq is considering acquiring a sophisticated Russian air defense system, following the Trump administration’s lethal airstrike in Baghdad early this month against Iranian Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani.
Badr al-Ziyadi, a member of the Iraqi parliament’s security and defense committee, told the As Sabah newspaper that Iraq plans on sending delegations to Russia, China and Ukraine to inquire about purchasing advanced air defense systems.
“The delegations intend to visit such countries as Russia, China and Ukraine, to negotiate the purchase of modern systems to protect Iraq’s airspace,” he said. “The Iraqi parliament is right now forming a joint executive and legislative delegation to visit the developed countries and sign contracts on procuring advanced weapons.”
Ziyadi said Iraq could potentially pay for the weapons systems with oil shipments instead of cash.
“Many nations indicated [their] readiness to ship modern weapons to Iraq in exchange for oil,” he said. “This is the best way to ensure the shipment of good weapons to Iraq without corruption and bribery.”
Muhammad Ridha, head of the parliamentary defense and security committee, told the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti last week that Baghdad had recently restarted discussions with Moscow about potentially acquiring the Russian S-300 air defense system.
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