After Delays, Iraq Expects U.S. F-16s to Be Delivered in Summer

A senior Iraqi official said after delays caused by the war with Islamic State, Iraq hopes to take first deliveries of its F-16 fighter jets from the United States this summer.
The disclosure came ahead of a visit by Iraq's Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, who was scheduled to meet with President Barack Obama in Washington on Tuesday.
The Iraqi official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, described the transfer as an important development for Iraq's armed forces and cited a July-August timeframe.
The precise timeline for individual deliveries was unclear.
The Pentagon had no immediate comment.



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