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

Pentagon Readies Aggressive ISIS Proposals for Trump

The Defense Department is prepared to provide the new administration with military options to accelerate the war against ISIS in Syria that could send additional US troops into direct combat, CNN has learned. These options would inherently increase the risk for US troops compared to what President Barack Obama was willing to accept. The options […]


Alliant Techsystems Awarded $17 Million to Upgrade Iraqi Cessna 208 Aircraft with HD Video

Alliant Techsystems Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $16,946,770 firm-fixed-price modification (P00007) to previously awarded contract FA8106-16-C-0004. Contractor will fully develop and implement a modification in Iraq to install five MX-15 HD systems and upgrade all Cessna 208 aircraft to HD video. Work will be performed in Iraq, and is expected to be […]


US Says 75% of ISIS Fighters Killed

At least 75% of ISIS fighters have been killed during the campaign of US-led airstrikes, according to US officials. The US anti-ISIS envoy said the campaign has winnowed ISIS’ ranks to between 12,000 and 15,000 “battle ready” fighters, a top US official said on Tuesday. The figures mean the US and its coalition partners have […]


Alliant Techsystems Awarded $22 Million to Provide Logistics Support for Iraqi Cessna 208s

Alliant Techsystems Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $22,189,071 firm-fixed-price modification (P00010) to exercise an option on previously awarded contract FA8106-16-C-0004 for contractor logistic support for the Iraqi Air Force’s Cessna 208 fleet. Work will be performed at various locations in Iraq, and is expected to be complete by Dec. 31, 2017. This […]


Iraq Reportedly Finalizing HQ-9 Air Defense Order

Iraq is close to finalising a USD2.5 billion order for Chinese military equipment that includes HQ-9 long-range air defence systems, Iraq’s Mawazin news agency cited well-informed sources as saying on 28 November. The HQ-9 is derived from the Russian S-300PMU system. The exports version is designated the FD-2000 and another version is offered called the […]


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 […]

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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)