US: Iraq makes first payment in $3 billion F-16 deal

By REUTERS
September 28, 2011 05:46

 
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WASHINGTON - Iraq has made the first payment in a deal to buy 18 F-16 warplanes worth a total of about $3 billion, the US State Department said on Tuesday.

"These aircraft are going to help provide air sovereignty for Iraq and to protect its territory," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.

"They also, as a significant military sale between us, are a symbol of the commitment that we've made to the Iraqi government to have a long-term strategic partnership between the United States and Iraq," Nuland said.

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