Iraq gained independence from Britain in 1932, although the Republic of Iraq was not formed until 1958. Ten years later, the Baath party came to power, eventually leading to the rise of Saddam Hussein. From 1980 to 1988, Iraq fought a bloody war with Iran that left hundreds of thousands dead. In 1990, the country invaded Kuwait, but was deterred following a U.S.-led counteroffensive in 1991 known as the Gulf War. In 2003, a coalition of forces led by the U.S. attacked Iraq, leading to the overthrow of the Hussein regime. With the U.S. departure from Iraq, concerns have mounted that Iran has gained significant control over the country. Iraq and Iran’s strategic cooperation has continued to increase, with Iran’s IRGC recently signing a memorandum of understanding to increase joint military cooperation between the two countries.  Internally, owing to continued al Qaeda terrorist attacks and sectarian struggle for power, the country remains unstable.

  • Population
  • Fit for Service
  • Military EXHD
    8.6% of GDP
  • GDP
    $212.5 Billion

AM General LLC Awarded $28 Million to Provide 150 HMMWVs to Iraq

AM General LLC, South Bend, Indiana, was awarded a $28,195,632 modification (P00025) to foreign military sales (Iraq) contract W56HZV-15-C-0155 to procure 150 M1151A1B1 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled vehicles for the government of Iraq. Work will be performed in South Bend, Indiana, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2017. Fiscal 2016 funds in the […]


Beechcraft Defense Awarded $15 Million to Provide Support to Iraqi King Air 350s

Beechcraft Defense Co., Wichita, Kansas, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $15,225,799 cost-plus-fixed-fee undefinitized contract action for the Peace Dragon King Air 350 program. Contractor will provide contractor logistics support, basic life support, program support, and repair and return, cost per flight hour, travel and fuel for the Peace Dragon King Air 350 program for the […]


U.S. Forces Play Crucial Role Against ISIS in Mosul

One week after Iraqi forces began their push into western Mosul, American firepower is playing an essential role in softening the opposition from the Islamic State. The thunderous booms from howitzers near Hamam al-Alil, a town along the Tigris River, are just part of the American military’s contribution to keeping the Iraqi offensive moving forward. […]


Lockheed Awarded $7.7 Million to Provide Logistics Support for Iraq’s Integrated Air Defense System

Lockheed Martin Corp. – Rotary and Mission Systems, Manassas, Virginia, has been awarded a $7,702,239 cost-plus-fixed fee contract for contractor logistics support for the Iraq integrated air defense system. Work will be performed at Manassas, Virginia, and is expected to be complete by Jan. 31, 2018. This contract is 100 percent foreign military sales to […]


Sallyport Global Holdings Wins $200 Million to Provide Support Services to the Iraqi Air Force

Sallyport Global Holdings Inc., Alexandria, Virginia, has been awarded a $200,000,000 modification (P00019) on previously awarded contract FA8615-14-C-6020 for base life support, base operations support, and security for Balad Air Base, Iraq. Work will be performed at Balad Air Base, Iraq, and is expected to be complete by July 31, 2017. This contract is 100 […]


Iraqi Helicopters Are Now Flying With Laser-Guided Rockets

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 […]


Dawn of the Jihadi Drone Wars

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reported February 23 that it had downed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over the Mediterranean after it was launched from the Gaza Strip. According to IDF sources, an Israeli F-16 shot down the UAV, which it said belonged to Hamas, before it was able to cross into the country’s airspace. […]


Covering the Bases: Reassessing U.S. Military Deployments in Turkey After the July 2016 Coup d’État

Download the full report here (PDF). The Republic of Turkey has been a reliable staging point for U.S. forces for more than six decades. Turkish bases have historically provided the U.S. military easy access to multiple theaters without having to build new infrastructure or forge new agreements. Today, American forces in Turkey are targeting the […]


Defeating the Islamic State’s Suicide Drivers

The Pentagon announced last week that it will deliver 2,000 AT-4 anti-tank rockets to help Iraqi forces combat the Islamic State (IS), after the jihadist group seized Ramadi, the strategically important Anbar province capital. While not a sophisticated or expensive weapon, the AT-4 could prove a valuable addition to the arsenals of Iraqi ground forces […]


Washington’s Bad Military Bets in the Middle East

Last month, the Houthis took over Yemen, delivering a blow to Washington’s counterterrorism strategy, which held out Yemen as one of the few bright spots in an otherwise chaotic Middle East. Adding insult to injury, as Washington took steps to shutter its embassy earlier this month, the Houthis took all U.S. embassy vehicles parked at […]


French Deployments in the Middle East and North Africa

France is conducting multiple operations against Islamist militant groups throughout the Middle East and North Africa. This map displays the largest French deployments underway in the region. View the full map here. Sahel As part of Operation Barkhane, the French have 3,000 troops deployed across the Sahel region. Their mission is assist the countries of Mauritania, Mali, […]


B-1s Continue to Prove Worth Over Iraq

As the air war over northern Iraq expanded over the last week, Pentagon officials for first time acknowledged that land-based bombers have begun conducting strikes against the Islamic State, or ISIS, as it is formerly known. Though the specific bomber type was not named, B-1B Lancers are widely believed to be the bombers providing much […]


Iraqi Military’s Lack of Airpower Enabling ISIS’s Advance

This week’s stunning advance by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS) presents some serious questions about the legitimacy of Iraqi security forces (ISF) and Washington’s policy of giving billions in military aid to troubled Middle Eastern governments. Since the fall of Fallujah in early January, the Iraqi military has failed to put down the […]


An Edge in the Desert

Weapons are pouring into the Middle East at an unprecedented rate. The Pentagon recently announced that it would sell six tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft to Israel for $1.3 billion, American hardware (including Apache helicopters) is being rushed to the Iraqi government to help in its battle against al Qaeda, and Washington has also restored military aid to Egypt after a brief hiatus. But Uncle […]

Category Name

Active Armaments
On Order
Air Defense Systems 37* (69)

Aircraft 245* (199)

Artillery 1,440 (0)

Ground Vehicles 12,082* (2,494*)

Guided Munitions 6,550* (14,174)

Personnel 271,400 (0)

Ships 27 (17)