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Iraq to buy 24 combat, training aircraft from Czech
Iraq to buy 24 combat, training aircraft from Czech

Iraq will buy Czech L159 jets with the first planes arriving over the next seven months, Ali al-Moussawi said.

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Iraq has agreed to purchase 24 combat and training aircraft from the Czech Republic for about $1 billion as part of its programme to rebuild its air force, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's media advisor said on Friday.

Iraq will buy Czech L159 jets with the first planes arriving over the next seven months, Ali al-Moussawi said.

Iraq has no real air force since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein and Baghdad says it will not be able to defend its airspace until 2020. Iraq is also purchasing U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets.

 



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