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

Swiftships LLC Awarded $15 Million to Provide Maintenance Support to the Iraqi Navy

Swiftships LLC, Morgan City, Louisiana, is being awarded a $14,591,075 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, off-shore vessels, and defender boats.  […]


State Department Approves $65.3 Million Sale of AC-208 Combat Caravans to Iraq

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq for AC-208 aircraft and related equipment, training, and support. The estimated cost is $65.3 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on October 6, 2016. The Government of Iraq requests to […]


BAE Systems Awarded $618 Million to Provide APKWS Guided Rockets to the U.S. Military, Iraq, Lebanon, Others

BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc., Hudson, New Hampshire, is being awarded a not-to-exceed $618,343,700 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II full-rate production Lots 5 through 7 in support of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force, and governments of Iraq, Lebanon, Netherlands, Jordan, and Australia […]


United Technologies Awarded $42 Million Provide F-16 Engine Support to Iraq and Morocco

United Technologies Corp. – Pratt and Whitney, East Hartford, Connecticut, has been awarded a $42,397,600 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for F100-PW-229 engine support. Contractor will provide install engines, spare engines, modules, integrated logistics support, quick reaction studies, over-and-above repair for government furnished property and technical data reports. Work will be performed at East Hartford, Connecticut, and is […]


Beechcraft Defense Awarded $12 Million to Provide Logistics Support to Iraqi King Air 350s

Beechcraft Defense Co., Wichita, Kansas, has been awarded a $12,190,497 modification (P00009) to previously awarded contract FA8620-15-C-3016 for the Iraq King Air 350 program. Contractor will provide contractor logistics support including basic life support, cost per flight hour, aircraft components, parts and accessories. Work will be performed in Iraq, and is expected to be complete […]


Bukkehave Inc. Awarded $18 Million to Provide Mercedes Benz Atego Trucks to Iraq

Bukkehave Inc.,* Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, was awarded a $18,251,875 modification (0023) to foreign military sales contract (Iraq) W56HZV-14-D-0149 for Mercedes Benz Atego general transport, water tank, and fuel tank trucks .  Work will be performed in France and Germany, with an estimated completion date of April 28, 2017.  Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the […]


Oshkosh Defense Awarded $31 Million to Provide Medium Tactical Vehicles to Iraq

Oshkosh Defense, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, was awarded a $31,159,954 modification (P000903) foreign military sales contract (Iraq) W56HZV-09-D-0159 for procuring 149 Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles and 19 B-kits.  Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2018. Fiscal 2010, 2015, 2016 other procurement (Army); and other funds in the […]


Iraq Requests More US Troops Ahead of Mosul Battle

Iraq has asked Washington to send additional trainers and advisers ahead of the battle to retake second city Mosul from the Islamic State group, the premier’s office said Wednesday. IS seized Mosul along with swathes of other territory in June 2014, but the country’s forces have since regained significant ground from the jihadists and are […]


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 12,067* (2,494*)

Guided Munitions 6,550* (14,174)

Personnel 271,400 (0)

Ships 27 (17)