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Iraq to buy 36 F-16 fighters from US

07-31-2011 08:30 BJT

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The Iraqi government may buy 36 F-16 fighters from the United States, to strengthen its weak air defenses. That's double what they originally planned to purchase.

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki made the announcement on Saturday. Iraq's air force is one of the weakest branches of its armed forces.

The country still relies on US forces for air support for its troops. Iraq this year delayed the initial purchase of the F-16s from Lockheed-Martin, after putting 900-million US dollars of allocated funds into its national food program, to ease pressure from Iraqis protesting against poor basic services.


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Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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