Miércoles, 20 Junio, 2018

USA approves $295mn arms sale to Iraq

Kirkuk Governor Najmadin Karim speaks to reporters on Wednesday Kirkuk Governor Najmadin Karim speaks to reporters on Wednesday
Eleena Tovar | 21 Abril, 2017, 00:39

The U.S. plans to sell Iraq almost $300 million worth of guns, humvees, and body armor to outfit two battalions of Kurdish soldiers for the fight against ISIS, the Department of State announced Wednesday.

Peshmerga authorities requested supplies to outfit two light infantry regional brigades as well as two artillery battalions to support them on the battlefield.

The long list of requested equipment includes 4,400 M16 rifles, 36 refurbished howitzers, 232 machine guns, both 50 caliber and general machine guns, 113 humvees, and an unknown quantity tactical equipment, transportation equipment, navigation and radio systems, spare parts and training for all systems.

To implement the proposed arms sale would also not require the deployment of additional.S troops or American contractor personnel to Iraq, it added.

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency estimates the sale will cost approximately $295.6 million.

However, the notice does not indicate the sale has been concluded, according to DSCA.

The newest proposal brings the total amount of foreign military sales approved by the State Department in fiscal year 2017 to $48,857,700.