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U.S. Security Cooperation With Iraq

The United States is committed to building a strategic partnership with Iraq and the Iraqi people. Under the Strategic Framework Agreement between Iraq and the United States, we remain dedicated to helping Iraq improve security, maintain sovereignty, and push back against terrorism, most recently ISIL. U.S. security cooperation activities are increasing the Iraqi Security Forces’ […]

AM General Awarded $373 Million to Produce 2,082 HMMWVs for Iraq, Lebanon, Tunisia, Others

AM General, South Bend, Indiana was awarded a $372,936,476 firm-fixed-price multi-year foreign military sales contract (Afghanistan, Iraq, Kenya, Lebanon, Ukraine, Tunisia) with options for 2,082 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs) and contractor unique spare parts. Work will be performed in Mishawaka, Indiana with an estimated completion date of April 29, 2016. Bids were solicited […]

Islamic State Shows Off ‘Spoils of War’ From Recent Battles Near Fallujah

The Islamic State released footage showcasing recent fighting in the town of Karmah which sits just east of Fallujah. The video, which is over ten minutes long, is produced by the jihadist group’s Wilayat al Fallujah, its administrative division for the area. The video features heavy gunfights between Iraqi Security Forces and jihadists. Several technicals […]

Video Shows Hezbollah Brigades Convoy Transporting American M1 Tank

A video uploaded to YouTube appears to show a large Hezbollah Brigades convoy transporting weapons, troops, and armored vehicles to the front to fight the Islamic State. Several American-made military vehicles, including an M1 Abrams tank, M113 armored personnel carriers, Humvees, and Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles (MRAP), as well as Iranian-made Safir 4x4s and technicals […]

Iran-Backed Militias Are Getting U.S. Weapons

U.S. weapons intended for Iraq’s beleaguered military are winding up in the possession of the country’s Shiite militias, according to U.S. lawmakers and senior officials in the Barack Obama administration. These sources say that the Baghdad government, which was granted $1.2 billion in training and equipment aid in the omnibus spending bill passed last month,  is turning hardware […]

US Donates More Abrams Tanks, Humvees to Iraq

The United States provided the Iraqi armed forces with $300 million in donated military equipment in 2014, and over the next two months will deliver six more Abrams tanks and 50 up-armored Humvees at no cost to the Baghdad government, according to information provided by the US Embassy in Baghdad. The deliveries come on the […]

State Department Approves $600 Million Package to Supply Spare Parts to Iraq

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq for a Foreign Military Sales Order II (FMSO II) to provide funds for blanket order requisitions, under a Cooperative Logistics Supply Agreement (CLSSA) and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $600 million. The Defense Security […]

Islamic State Accuses Shia Militia of Using Iraqi Armour

The Islamic State has released images that suggest at least one of the Iraqi Shia militias that have been mobilised against the Sunni militant group is operating Iraqi Army armoured vehicles. Released on 8 November, the images were purportedly taken during fighting in Jurf al-Shakar, 50 km southwest of Baghdad. They show a column of […]

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 […]