The Pentagon Wants To Sell $2.7 Billion In Weapons To A Country On The Verge Of Collapse
The Pentagon is looking to bolster its military options for Syria’s civil war by sending $2.7 billion in weapons to Iraq, despite the country being on the verge of civil war.
The weapons deal would include 681 Stinger anti-aircraft missiles and 40 truck-mounted launchers, as well as three Hawk anti-aircraft batteries with 216 Hawk missiles, according to Agence France Presse.
The sale is primarily viewed as a way to bolster a possible no-fly zone in Iraq, though it would also help to cut off Iranian supplies to Syria through Iraqi air space.
“This capability will provide Iraq with the ability to contribute to regional air defenses and reduce its vulnerability to air attacks and also enhance interoperability between the government of Iraq, the US, and other allies,” the Pentagon said in a statement.