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Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Iraq-Rafale File: U.S. delegation in Baghdad to inquirenote

Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammad Shia Al-Sudani had previously informed the ambassadors of Britain, France, Italy, and Germany in Baghdad that the Iraqi government will not accept any delays preventing it from procuring advanced fighter jets, especially Rafales.

The Iraqi “warning” has prompted the U.S. State Department and the Pentagon to send officials to Baghdad and inquire about the matter.

The Chief of Staff of the Iraqi Armed Forces Lt-General Abdul Amir Rashid Yarallah discussed with the Commander of the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve Major General Matthew McFarlane Iraq’s request to procure advanced fighters.

Tactical Report has prepared a report (434 words) to highlight these matters, including:

- The U.S. officials’ visit and discussions

- The Pentagon’s view on PM Al-Sudani’s position

- The details of Lt-General Yarallah’s request

The report also mentions the offers submitted by Russia and China in the same regard and the Iraq inquiry about the reasons behind Washington’s objection to Baghdad acquiring advanced fighters and the U.S. reply. 


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