The Iraqi government is increasing its spending on military equipment. Today the country spends US$17.1 billion on advanced defence equipment and military training.

Departure of American troops put the inexperienced and ill equipped Iraqi military in charge of national security in a country suffering from a series of car bombings, civilian casualties and sectarian violence.

National security has become a core issue for the Iraqi government and in the past five years the country’s defence expenditure registered a growth rate of 15.56%. In 2011 US$11.6 billion were spent on weapons and training of the military, in 2013, this number reached US$17.1 billion. The budget allocated to acquiring advanced military hardware more than tripled in the 2013 defence budget, from US$1.1 billion in 2012 to US$3.7 billion in 2013. […]