The United Arab Emirates may be offloading up to 10 Mirage 2000-9s to the Iraqi Air Force in March, according to a UAE government source.

The decision comes after the Dec. 15 visit of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to Abu Dhabi to “discuss mechanisms to enhance cooperation between the two countries and dry up the sources of terrorism.”

“The UAE is trying to fortify Iraq’s security from north to south, specifically the areas from Baghdad to Erbil,” the source said. “Mainly, Erbil because many UAE strategic interests are there with regards to oil and gas investments as well as others.” […]