In November 2016, Iraqi military helicopters were spotted dropping dumb bombs, raising concerns about inaccurate air strikes that pose a danger to civilians. The next month, some of Baghdad’s pilots started blasting away at the Islamic State with laser-guided rockets.
According to the U.S. Army, Iraqi Bell 407 scout choppers were launching the so-called Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II rockets — aka APKWS II — within days of their delivery in December 2016.
On Oct. 7, 2016, the Pentagon announced it would pay defense contractor BAE Systems almost $620 million to deliver the weapons to both the U.S. military and five American allies, including Iraq. […]