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Mon Jan 13, 2020, 05:20 PM

Iraq considers buying Russian S-400 missile system as Mideast tensions boil

The Iraqi government has gravitated toward the Russian defense industry amid simmering tensions between Washington and Baghdad after the killing of top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, in a move that might trigger U.S. sanctions.

Members of the Iraqi parliament said the country was considering purchasing the Russian-made S-400 air defense missile systems, the Wall Street Journal on Monday quoted Karim Elaiwi, a member of the Iraqi parliament’s Security and Defence Committee, as saying.

“We are talking to Russia about the S-400 missiles but no contracts have been signed yet. We need to get these missiles, especially after Americans have disappointed us many times by not helping us in getting proper weapons,” Elaiwi said.

Another Iraqi parliament defense committee member, Abdul Khaleq al-Azzawi, confirmed the country's interest in buying the S-400s.

“We authorized the prime minister to get air defense weapons from any country he wants and we authorized him to spend the money for it, from any country,” al-Azzawi said.

https://www.yenisafak.com/en/world/iraqconsiders-buying-russian-s-400-missile-system-as-mideast-tensionsboil-3509546

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Mon Jan 13, 2020, 05:45 PM

1. I knew they were considering the S-300. Glad to see they are considering the 400. The 500 is

due to come online soon.

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Mon Jan 13, 2020, 05:48 PM

2. Hopefully the on/off buttons on this model are more clearly marked!

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Mon Jan 13, 2020, 06:37 PM

3. Like the other ones they are selling in the middle east it will come with Russian crews

They cannot afford another shootdown of Russian planes by their own equipment ala Syria.

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Response to His Daughter (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 13, 2020, 07:24 PM

4. Nothing wrong with a Russian military presence in Iraq in fact

could br most stabilizing.

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