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US-led coalition says provided Iraq military with weapons worth $5 billion

File photo shows an Iraqi soldier as he mans a machine gun onboard an army helicopter over the border town of al-Qaim during military operations of the Iraqi Army's Seventh Brigade, in Anbar, Iraq. (AP)
File photo shows an Iraqi soldier as he mans a machine gun onboard an army helicopter over the border town of al-Qaim during military operations of the Iraqi Army's Seventh Brigade, in Anbar, Iraq. (AP)
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31 Jul 2021 04:07:44 GMT9
31 Jul 2021 04:07:44 GMT9

Arab News

DUBAI: The US-led coalition has provided the Iraqi security forces with equipment worth more than $5 billion since 2014, the bloc’s spokesman said Friday.

“Only in the last week, the international coalition equipped the Iraqi security forces with equipment worth 35 million dollars,” international coalition spokesman Colonel Wayne Morato said.

“This is part of From the Fund for financing, training and equipping the Iraqi security forces, which was supported by the American forces,” he added. 

This includes communications and intelligence equipment as well as other support, Morato added in a statement to the Iraqi News channel, carried by the Iraqi News Agency (INA). 

“The support will continue to support the Iraqi forces, and perhaps in the future and in light of the decision to withdraw combat forces, and it will be left to a decision by the Iraqi and American governments,” the spokesman said. 

Last week,  an Iraqi army official said that Iraq’s relationship with the international coalition will be based on  fighting terrorism, providing training and equipment to Iraqi forces, and intelligence effort, the INA reported.

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