An Iraqi MP claimed Sunday that the United States is demanding that Baghdad fly the first F-16 fighter planes to be delivered this summer from an air base in Jordan.

Abed Issawi, an MP from the Shiite bloc in the Iraqi parliament, told reporters in Baghdad that Washington was delaying delivery of the first three planes in order to put pressure on Iraq’s Shiite-led government.

“We have information the US has decided that the three F-16s should carry out airstrikes from the land of Jordan while Iraq has a big airbase in the Ziqar province in southern Iraq,” Abed Issawi, an MP from the Shiite bloc in the Iraqi parliament, told reporters in Baghdad. […]