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US suspends all arms deliveries to Iraq

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Against a backdrop of mounting tensions with Baghdad, Washington has decided to stop all supplies of arms and ammunition to Iraqi forces, citing security concerns.

The Donald Trump administration has made the decision to stop delivering weapons to Iraq until further notice. The information was confirmed on Monday January 27 by U.S. Air Force spokesman Brian Brackens.

This includes the component and missile delivery program for the Iraqi F-16 fighter-bombers. The contract was signed in May 2016 for a value of $ 1.8 billion (1.6 billion euros). The last delivery was made on November 14, 2019.

The United States will resume deliveries “when the environment is more secure,” said Brackens, quoted by Inside Defense. The latter did not specify the number of weapons already supplied and the quantity that remains to be delivered.

Since the American intervention in Iraq, the Iraqi armed forces have aligned themselves with American doctrines and weapons. Since then, the country has been occupied by a coalition led by the United States.

Since 2014, the Iraqi army has been fighting Daesh and has managed to liberate almost the entire country from the influence of the terrorist group, but the risk of a resurgence is not excluded.

A response after the embassy attack?

The move came in the aftermath of rocket attacks on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, which left one American injured , according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Sunday, January 26, five missiles fell in the Green Zone of the Iraqi capital, which hosts in particular the American diplomatic representation and buildings of the television channel Al-Arabiya, also affected.

The attacks were not claimed, but Washington has accused pro-Iran militias of being responsible for them. Iraq fears that its territory may become a new war zone between the United States and Iran since the death of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.

A week after this event, Iran bombed military bases in Iraq in which American soldiers were held.

In early January, the Iraqi parliament voted to expel foreign troops from the country. Fearing further attacks, he also urged Iraqi soldiers not to approach bases where American troops are located.

In response to this resolution, Washington indicated that sanctions against Baghdad were being prepared. Some 5,000 American soldiers are still on Iraqi territory.

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