Iraq's Maliki says will buy 36 F-16 fighters from US

By REUTERS
July 30, 2011 17:38

 
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BAGHDAD - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Saturday his government would buy 36 F-16 fighters from the United States, doubling the number of aircraft it had initially planned to buy.

Earlier this year, Iraq had delayed the purchase of F-16 jets, made by Lockheed Martin Corp, after putting $900 million of allocated funds into its national food program to reduce the pressure from Iraqis staging demonstrations in protest against poor basic services.

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