Iraq has bought second hand fighter aircraft from Russia to counter ISIS militants in the northwest of the country. According to prime minister Nouri Al-Maliki, the aircraft should be delivered within a few days, and ‘God willing within one week this force will be effective and will destroy the terrorists’ dens,’ he said.
Update 29 June 2014: Sukhoi Su-25s delivered to Iraq.
No type of fighter aircraft was mentioned but it could very well be MiG-29 Fulcrum or Su-25 Frogfoots flown by Russian pilots. In an interview with BBC Arabic, Al-Maliki complained about the slow delivery of 36 Lockheed Martin F-16s on order. The first aircraft was delivered on 5 June 2014, but it remains in the US. First delivery flight to Iraq is expected only in September.
However, Iraq has been building up a sizable air force over the last years. It is now said to be also negotiating a deal with Czech LOM Praha about the delivery of former Czech Air Force Mi-24 Hinds.
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