Iraq

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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
    32,585,692
  • Fit for Service
    13,012,902
  • Military EXHD
    8.6% of GDP
  • GDP
    $212.5 Billion

Iraq Further Developing Its Capabilities in the Fight Against Terrorism, with NATO Support

Today (9 May 2017) marks another important step in the consolidation of NATO’s support to Iraqi security institutions in strengthening their capabilities in the fight against terrorism. NATO trainers and advisors and Iraqi high ranking officers have concluded a three day-workshop designed to enhance Iraqi leadership and training skills in the domains of countering improvised […]

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Counter-ISIS Campaign to Intensify, Mattis Says

The U.S.-led coalition will accelerate its campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said today in a joint press conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, with Defense Minister Claus Hjort Frederiksen. “We will further accelerate this fight to free people from ISIS’ crushing occupation and [the] enemy’s terror threat to […]

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Lockheed Martin Awarded $13 Million to Provide F-16 Pilot Training to Iraq

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $12,600,000 modification (P00003) to previously awarded contract FA3002-15-D-0002. Contractor will provide advanced F-16 pilot training in support of the Iraqi Air Force. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, and is expected to be completed by June 27, 2019. This contract is 100 percent […]

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AM General Awarded $42 Million to Provide Armored HMMWVs to Iraq

AM General LLC, South Bend, Indiana, was awarded a $41,571,288 modification (P00027) to foreign military sales (Iraq) contract W56HZV-15-C-0155 to procure 134 M1151A1B1 and 72 M1152 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles for the government of Iraq. Work will be performed in South Bend, Indiana, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2017.  Fiscal 2017 […]

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Pentagon: Turkish Airstrikes Put US Forces at Risk

Airstrikes launched by Turkish warplanes on Tuesday that killed U.S. Kurdish allies in Iraq and Syria were described as “unsafe,” according to Air Force Col. John Dorrian, the spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve. Officials in Baghdad claim Turkey provided less than an hour notification to coalition forces before launching strikes against Kurdish positions in Sinjar, Iraq, and […]

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Islamic State Developing New Weapons Despite Losses: Arms Monitor

Islamic State militants have developed an improvised explosive device (IED) that can be launched from rifles or dropped from an aerial drone, an arms monitoring group said on Wednesday. Conflict Armament Research (CAR) said the Sunni militant group was “promoting the development of ‘own-brand’ weapons” to provide its insurgents with otherwise unavailable armaments. “The (IED) […]

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Swiftships LLC Awarded $27 Million to Provide Support to the Iraqi Navy

Swiftships LLC,* Morgan City, Louisiana, is being awarded a $27,402,593 firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-14-C-4217) for the accomplishment of continuous lifecycle support for the Iraqi Navy.  The contractor will provide technical expertise in preventative and planned maintenance, emergent repairs and platform overhaul support services for Iraqi patrol boats, offshore vessels, and defender […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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QME

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

Aircraft 259* (185)

Artillery 1,440 (0)

Ground Vehicles 13,262* (1,520*)

Guided Munitions 6,550* (14,174)

Personnel 271,400 (0)

Ships 27 (17)