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U.S. confronts difficulties in
arming Iraqi air forces with
missiles and F-16s

Washington Post, by Dana Priest and Aaron Gregg

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 7/3/2014 9:50:53 PM

Despite complaints by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki that the United States has been slow in its delivery of F-16 fighter jets, no Iraqi pilot team has qualified to fly the aircraft in combat and none will be ready before mid-August, according to an official at the U.S.-based program where the pilots are being trained. That problem is one of many the Obama administration is confronting as it tries to speed more equipment to the Iraqi air force to help it defeat the Islamic insurgency engulfing the country. There are also challenges in providing or quickly deploying laser-guided Hellfire missiles and

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Hawgguy, 7/3/2014 10:57:59 PM     (No. 9910382)

I´m sure they can train a few pilots. Who is going to fix the jets when they break? What about spare parts? Turboprop Cessnas with Hellfires might not be such a bad idea.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: busterman, 7/3/2014 11:52:25 PM     (No. 9910414)

F-16s? Classic overcompensation. Give them highways and schools when all they really need is a chicken.

Just give them that Embraer Turboprop the Brazilians use and call it even. Or give them some of our old OV-10s, although I´d hate to see such a fine aircraft go to waste.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: stablemoney, 7/4/2014 12:12:38 AM     (No. 9910430)

I don´t get why the 300,000 Iraqi Army cringes and needs F-16´6 and more equipment, when ISIS has 10,000 guys and AK-47s. Obama is a fool.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: MDConservative, 7/4/2014 12:37:43 AM     (No. 9910443)

America´s bi-partisan "nation building" legacy...a decade-plus of American training and this is the result. Wanna bet we do it again?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Trigger2, 7/4/2014 4:45:05 AM     (No. 9910516)

Not only is Barry an incompetent jackass, but his administration is full of incompetent jackasses.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: harper, 7/5/2014 3:17:08 PM     (No. 9912101)

At this point, all the Iraqi pilots are expected to actually know is how to make a one-way flight to the nearest Iranian airport.
I guess the holdup boils down to whether the campaign contributions go to BO, Hillary or Fauxcahontas.

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