U.S. Reportedly Sending Arms To Iraq Amid Worst Violence in Years

The weaponry, including 75 Hellfire missiles, and surveillance drones will help Iraq combat a growing al-Qaeda-backed insurgency.

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The United States is supplying Iraq with arms and surveillance technology to combat al-Qaeda-backed insurgents amid worsening violence, the New York Times reported Thursday, two years after the last American combat troops left the country.

Citing unnamed Obama administration officials, the Times reports that the U.S. is providing lethal aid, including 75 Hellfire missiles, and 10 ScanEagle reconnaissance drones. The U.S. intelligence community is also providing information on the location of al-Qaeda networks and militant camps, according to the Times.

More than 8,000 Iraqis have been killed this year, according to the United Nations, in the worst violence since 2008, as al-Qaeda’s regional affiliate expands in western Iraq and war-torn Syria across the border.

[NYT]

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10 comments
gallantwarrior
gallantwarrior

Our government continues to replay mistakes from the past. It is criminal that we would supply weapons to any country that will most likely become our enemy at some point in the future. And especially to any country with a history of failed security where most of the technology ends up in the hands of the very people we are at war with.

AbrahamYeshuratnam
AbrahamYeshuratnam

Is Obama sending arms to Iraqis as a reward for killing Christians on Christmas day?

RudyHaugeneder
RudyHaugeneder

So whatever happened to all those attack Iraqi jets, helicopters, and other fixed wing aircraft that remained in top condition even after the US invasion?  These weapons should be incredibly useful against Islamic extremists -- extremists bought and paid for by Sunni/Wahhabi Saudi Arabia and Qatar to murder the Iraqi Shiite majority. 

Don't tell me all these thousands of  aircraft and other Iraqi military hardware scattered on bases and depots around Iraq just disintegrated as though they never existed.  It is still somewhere. To think otherwise is stupid, very stupid. 

Is it because super greedy American contractors collected all this weaponry and sold it at top prices to anybody willing to pay, regardless of how cruel and evil they were/are?Possibly, but a lot of that weaponry should still be available to the Iraq government to fight and wipe out extremists.

Karl
Karl

When you write "to Iraq" you mean the Shia government in Baghdad and not the Sunnis who the fool Bush on a whim threw out of power after 1400 years of dominance. Baghdad had been the Rome of the Sunnis back in the golden age of Islam. But Bush knew better. So now we will help the Shia stay in power while the Sunni states north, west and south of them infiltrate to fight. And Iran on the east helps Shia Baghdad. Bush and Cheney, Condoliza and Powel, Rumsfeldt, Abramavitch, they were all like so many bulls in a china shop and they walked away with just one shoe thrown after them. NEVER HAVE SO FEW HARMED SO MANY FOR SO LONG FOR SO LITTLE.

roknsteve
roknsteve

Bush and Cheney promised that Iraq would be a haven of democracy.  I guess that's why they need more weapons.  "Kill for Peace" is still our motto.

Realworldnonfantasyland
Realworldnonfantasyland

@Karl I guess you missed the whole Suddam reign of peace he brought to Iraq.. And the Bomb full of Fun that he sent to the Kurds.  Its alright, most people keep their head in the sands with all parts of the argument...

Realworldnonfantasyland
Realworldnonfantasyland

@roknsteve "Stick our head in the sand and hope for peace" -- Motto of FDR... That worked until it didn't and then we had to kill for peace, just a whole lot more were unneccesarily killed.  Again you are not the only ostrich with your head in the sand.  A lot of people don't care to look at the real issue and real threats and just assume that the world is the same as their cozy neighborhood and people are as sane as their neighbors are. 

twofacedcallout
twofacedcallout

@RealworldnonfantasylandWell you're certainly not as sane as my neighbors but if you want the definition of sanity that made Iraq a new kind of hell then why don't you move to a neighborhood in Crawford Texas and live next to the warmonger who made it all possible?