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US began to deploy Patriot air defense systems to Iraq

US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — The U.S. Armed Forces began deploying Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems (SAM) in Iraq.

This was announced on Friday at a briefing for journalists in the Pentagon by the head of the US Central Command, whose operational zone includes the Middle East, General Kenneth Mackenzie.

“We are now transferring Patriot systems to Iraq. We have placed preparatory materials on the spot, which will allow us to create the positions of [Patriot systems] Patriot inside Iraq,” the US military commander said.

“As for the systems for intercepting missiles, artillery and mortar shells of the enemy and other weapons used to protect these systems, we are still separated from the readiness of these systems for a certain number of days,” added Mackenzie.

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