(IraqiNews.com) U.S. State Department approved the sale of tanks and armored vehicles to Iraq as part of a $3 billion worth deal, coinciding with the US Department of Defense intention to deploy additional 1300 troops in Iraq next year.
The American newspaper ‘International Business Times’ said in a report followed by Iraqinews.com, “U.S. Department of State approved the deal of military sales to Iraq,” indicating that, “It includes 175 Abrams M1A1 tanks and associated equipment, as well as the necessary logistical support at an estimated cost of $2.4 billion.”
The newspaper added, quoting the American Agency for Cooperation, Security and Defense, that, “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also approved the sale of armored multi-purpose M1151A1 vehicles with wheels and associated equipment, spare parts and the logistical support at an estimated cost amounted of $579 million.”
In December 14, 2014, Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari discussed with the U.S. ambassador in Baghdad Stuart Jones methods to enhance military support in regards to armament and intelligence.