The media has been helping Iraq PM Maliki make the US the bad guys for NOT hurrying in delivering F-16 ‘s to his country…..Russia HAS delivered some old used SU-25’s to the Iraq Air Force….The Iraqi’s used to flub them more than a decade ago…
The Russian’s have said they will NOT fly any missions….
Iran is rumored to be thinking about returning F1 Mirages and other OLD Russian type fighter jets it captured during the Iraq-Iranian War…..
Iraqi forces carried out repeated airstrikes, mostly using helicopters, on insurgent targets throughout the city on Sunday for the fourth day in a row, witnesses said.
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The Iraqi army remained in control of roads leading into Tikrit, Saddam Hussein’s birthplace and a longtime stronghold of Sunni hard-liners, about 100 miles north of Baghdad, and also controlled the campus of Salahuddin University in Tikrit and a military base, Camp Speicher, on the outskirts of the city.
The military’s advance, supported by tanks and helicopter gunships, was hampered by a large number of bombs planted along the roads, a common tactic of the insurgents.
According to a security official in Tikrit, speaking on the condition of anonymity as a matter of government policy, ISIS fighters had kidnapped six relatives of Maj. Gen. Jumaa al-Jabouri, deputy commander of Iraqi military operations in Salahuddin Province, holding them hostage and destroying their homes in the eastern part of the city.
What appeared to be a jumbo Russian transport aircraft was shown Saturday night on Iraqiya, the state television network, unloading the SU-25 warplanes at what was believed to be an air base in Taji, a short distance north of Baghdad.
The new aircraft “will increase and support the strength and capability of the Iraqi air forces to eliminate terrorism,” a statement issued by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense said.
The Iraqis have asked the United States for help in buying aircraft such as F-16s and advanced helicopter gunships, some of which they do already have, but Congress has been reluctant to approve more such sales until Mr. Maliki forms a government that is more inclusive of Sunni and Kurdish leaders.
There have also been unconfirmed reports that Iran was prepared to return some of the Iraqi warplanes that Saddam Hussein flew to Iran in 1991 to escape American destruction. Those included 24 French F1 Mirage fighters, and 80 Russian jets….Share on Facebook