US PLANS LARGEST EVER SALE OF HELLFIRE MISSILES TO IRAQ

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WASHINGTON D.C.: The United States plans to sell 5,000 Hellfire missiles to Iraq in a $700 million deal, officials said on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila), as Washington tries to help Baghdad retake ground captured by Sunni militants. The US government, which has been reluctant so far to take military action in support of Baghdad, has rushed hundreds of the missiles to Iraq to help the Shiite-led government counter jihadists, who have seized areas north and west of the capital. The proposed sale is the largest yet of the lethal missiles, which the Iraqis fire from AC-208 Cessna Caravan planes and other aircraft. The deal calls for 5,000 AGM-114K/N/R Hellfire missiles and related equipment, parts, training and logistical support worth a total of $700 million, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement.

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  1. noelravalsalaysay on

    The U.S. gets away in arming Allies with missiles; arming the Opposition in Syria who recently held an election which they called “sham”; but Russia gets sanctions from the West and EU for assisting Russian-speaking Ukrainians inside Ukraine who called the recent election a “sham”. What gives? If it is the U.S. it is okay to sell arms because they their economy is based on arms sales for war.