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US 'will sell weapons to Iraq'

THE United States has announced plans to sell Iraq warplanes, armoured vehicles and surveillance craft worth over £470 million.

Pentagon Defence Security Co-operation Agency informed Congress of the planned sale on Tuesday.

It will go ahead unless Washington blocks the deal.

“The proposed sale of aircraft, equipment and support will enhance the ability of the Iraqi forces to sustain efforts to bring stability to Iraq,” the agency claimed.

This is just the latest in a series of US weapons deals with Iraq.

Baghdad had previously agreed to purchase 36 US F-16 fighter jets.

This week’s deal also included 200 armoured Humvee vehicles mounted with machine guns worth £60m.

Iraq also purchased seven aerostats — airships or tethered balloons — to provide surveillance for military installations and other key infrastructure, worth about £54m.

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