Friday, June 27, 2014

Iraq: The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming


Embattled Shiite Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki disclosed in a BBC interview he is buying second-hand jet fighters from Russia to battle Sunni militant fighters, since his delivery of F-16s from the United States still hasn’t arrived after a protracted wait.

The Iraqis, however, lack the knowledge and experience to fly Russian fighter jets, which means Russian pilots could be used to hit concentrations of fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, who continue to take more territory in Sunni-held portions of Iraq.

In addition to solving Iraq’s lack of pilots, Russians will also need to be on hand in Iraq to provide essential support services to maintain the aircraft.

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