Iraq-US situation: Esper warns to freeze arms deals

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper is said to have warned that all arms deals with Iraq would be frozen if the Iraqi Parliament takes a decision to end the US military presence in Iraq.

This comes after the United States carried out air strikes against Iran-backed Kata’ib Hezbollah (or Hezbollah Brigades) on 29/12/19, in retaliation for an attack on a US base in Iraq on Friday (27/12/19).

What would the freeze include?

What about the Iraqi-US relations?

These questions and more are answered in the following 362-word report.

[Briefly reproduced in TR Defense Weekly Issue No 27/01 – January 03, 2020]

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