Politics of Iraq

June 27, 2014 - 8:10am

Frustrated by the slow process of acquiring American air power hardware, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has turned elsewhere. He told the BBC’s Arabic Service that Iraq has “bought second-hand fighters from Russia and Belarus that will arrive in a few days’ time.” Maliki’s government is trying to counter a rapid advance by The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (Isis), whose fighters have overrun most of five Iraqi provinces.

November 10, 2011 - 9:10pm
Hellfire-missile-carrying AC-208

In late September, the U.S. Pentagon announced that the first payment had been made concerning the supply of Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters to Iraq, ending a period of delay due to budgetary issues and speculation about whether the contract would proceed.

November 13, 2007 - 5:32am

Having acquired its first aircraft in 2004, the reborn Iraqi air force is now performing routine missions alongside coalition fleets in the country. Further procurement is expanding the air force inventory in key mission areas, and U.S. forces are extremely pleased with the progress that the young air arm has made in a short time.

August 24, 2007 - 11:34am

While debate over the future of the war in Iraq rages among Congress, the White House and the populace, several organizations and individuals in the business aviation industry have been quietly providing support to servicemen wounded in the conflict. One major effort involves Richard Santulli, creator of the fractional ownership business model and the chairman and CEO of industry leader NetJets.

March 27, 2007 - 11:35am

Not too much has gone right in Iraq lately, but a small Dubai-based company has played an important part in what little has. Skylink Arabia has been quietly making a difference in the reconstruction of the war-torn country by running vital flights into and within Iraq, carrying essential hardware and skilled labor.

March 27, 2007 - 7:53am

Not too much has gone right in Iraq lately, but a small Dubai-based company has played an important part in what little has. Skylink Arabia has been quietly making a difference in the reconstruction of the war-torn country by running vital flights into and within Iraq, carrying essential hardware and skilled labor.

December 7, 2006 - 9:33am

Former Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi toured the Dubai airshow yesterday, and hinted at major purchases in the future to rebuild his nation’s aviation base. “Iraq’s air force and national airline will require a multibillion-dollar investment for a long-term restructuring program, and we will use this show to further what is needed in Iraq,” said Allawi.

December 6, 2006 - 1:40pm

Recently retired U.S. Air Force chief of staff Gen. John Jumper has just lived through a tumultuous tour of duty. Little did he know where the job might take him on his first day in office, which was more than a little disrupted by the events that morning. The date was Sept. 11, 2001.

September 27, 2006 - 4:48am

A 48-seat Embraer ERJ 145 leased by Turkey’s Fly Air on December 9 opened twice-weekly scheduled service to Erbil, the administrative capital of Iraqi Kurdistan. Fly Air became the first Turkish carrier to fly regular service into Kurdistan, long at odds with Ankara over its treatment of the Kurdish minority in Turkey.

 
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