First Batch Of Russian Jets Arrive In Iraq

The first ten Russian Sukhoi (Su-24) fighter jets arrived in Iraq on Saturday, the country’s Defense Ministry said. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is hoping the jets will make a key difference in the fight against ISIS. “The fighter jets landed today in the morning on different military airfields,” MP Abbas al-Bayati told Iraqi media. The official spokesperson for the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, Mohammed al-Askari, also confirmed the information, Al Iraqiya TV channel reported. The fighter jets will be stationed at an airbase located in the southern part of the country, PressTV reported, citing military sources.

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