• Steve H. Hanke
    05/04/2016 - 08:00
    Authored by Steve H. Hanke of The Johns Hopkins University. Follow him on Twitter @Steve_Hanke. A few weeks ago, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) sprang a surprise. It announced that a...

Iraq Receives First Fighter Jets From "Our Russian Friends"

Tyler Durden's picture


Having offered "complete support" for Iraq's embattled PM Maliki, the troubled nation receives its first shipment of "America deluded us" Russian fighter jets. As RT reports, the Iraqi Ministry of Defense on Sunday confirmed receiving five Su-25 fighter jets in accordance with the deal with Moscow. Iraqi Army Lieutenant General Anwar Hamad Amen Ahmed explained, "our Russian friends have also sent their own experts to assist us in preparing the aircraft. All the logistics have been planned for as well." The proxy war continues...



As RT reports,

The first delivery of Russian Sukhoi fighter jets arrived in Iraq on Saturday, the country’s Defense Ministry said. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is hoping the jets will make a key difference in the fight against ISIS.


The Iraqi Ministry of Defense on Sunday confirmed receiving five Su-25 fighter jets in accordance with the deal with Moscow. The jets were delivered by a Russian An-124 transport plane in a dismantled state, and are expected to be set up and become operational within 3-4 days.


“The Sukhoi Su-25 is an air-ground support and anti-terrorism mission aircraft. In these difficult times, we are in great need of such aircraft. With God’s help, we will be able to deploy them to support our ground forces on a mission against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant militants within the next 3-4 days,” Iraqi Army Lieutenant General Anwar Hamad Amen Ahmed told RT’s Ruptly news agency at an airport receiving the jets.

According to Ahmed, Iraq will wage a “massive attack” on insurgents with the help of the jets.

“We have experienced pilots and other professionals. Our Russian friends have also sent their own experts to assist us in preparing the aircraft. All the logistics have been planned for as well,” the lieutenant general said.




At the same time, Maliki criticized the US for taking too long to deliver on its own contract after Iraq purchased F-16 jets from America.


Your rating: None

- advertisements -

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
Mon, 06/30/2014 - 10:33 | 4909436 AKrandy
AKrandy's picture

Friends with benefits?

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 10:37 | 4909446 zorba THE GREEK
zorba THE GREEK's picture

And what did we send our soldiers to Iraq to die for?

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 10:40 | 4909452 Hugh G Rection
Mon, 06/30/2014 - 10:42 | 4909469 LasVegasDave
LasVegasDave's picture

Those dumb arabs couldnt figure out how to operate US hardware; good luck with the Russian variant.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 10:50 | 4909494 Urban Redneck
Urban Redneck's picture

I don't have any personal experience with their jets, but for trucks and tracked vehicles, this isn't so far from the truth...

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 11:01 | 4909532 Manthong
Manthong's picture

What they really need are A-10 Warthogs.


Badass of the Week: The A-10 Warthog

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 11:06 | 4909548 ExpendableOne
ExpendableOne's picture

SU-25 == russian version of an A-10.  Low, slow, with a big gun(s).  Just wondering if these planes come with pilots.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 11:14 | 4909574 Manthong
Manthong's picture

..was not aware they were that close, but it appears that the Warthog carries 5x more of those fun to fire 30mm gatling gun rounds.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 11:15 | 4909578 insanelysane
insanelysane's picture

1 rich friend is awesome.  2 rich friends that hand you weapons for some black liquid is priceless!

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 11:20 | 4909591 Manthong
Manthong's picture

Indeed.. but we should be outraged.. those are OUR terrorists those planes will be killing.


"Just wondering if these planes come with pilots."

LOL.. the big problem for them now.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 11:44 | 4909656 Headbanger
Headbanger's picture

AN SU-25 can kick the shit out of an A-10 air to air as it's 120 knots faster.

However, the A-10 carries about five times the rounds for its gun and is better suited for nap of the earth attacks on armor.

I'd rather be in an SU-25.

With my SKS and emergency standby bottle of Russian Standard Vodka of course.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 11:56 | 4909716 Manthong
Manthong's picture

OK.. in a dog fight.. I agree..  but I don't think that is an issue here or when air superiority is enjoyed, or in this case no air threat at all.

No doubt they could kick a lott of butt.. as noted above, if they can fly the damn things.

I guess I'll just stick to my A-10, a six pack of Bud Light, and my AR.  :-) 

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 12:06 | 4909793 Headbanger
Headbanger's picture

I like my ARs too.  Especially my custom AR in 7.62x39 if I'm flying over territory like Iraq where there's a lot more Russian ammo stashed away.

Nahh.. Then again... VZ-58

But I'll take my Colt Python over a Tokarev (and over my 1911) for a hand gun any day.

And it's regular bottled Bud for me.


Mon, 06/30/2014 - 12:08 | 4909809 Crash Overide
Crash Overide's picture

Bud Light? Really?   You put Bud Light in the same category as the Warthog?

The A-10 is at least worth a high end craft beer comparison...


Tue, 07/01/2014 - 01:30 | 4912959 Manthong
Manthong's picture

OK.. OK I'm losing the Bud Light (it was a weight and balance thing) for a six of Arrogant Bastard Ale.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 14:48 | 4910651 Rusty Loads
Rusty Loads's picture

"Indeed.. but we should be outraged.. those are OUR terrorists those planes will be killing."

Maybe not...remember Barry hooked them up with heat seekers at the Benghazi not so safe "safe house".

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 11:29 | 4909624 Tabarnaque
Tabarnaque's picture

I was thinking exactly the same. Those planes have to come with a Russian team to train the pilots and the mechanics. I would love to see the faces of the Russian team bumping into the US military advisors at the cafeteria...!

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 15:15 | 4910826 Oracle 911
Oracle 911's picture

I told you guys, the Russians will go in and clear up this mess. And it is halfway done.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 16:55 | 4911268 Bingo Hammer
Mon, 06/30/2014 - 11:31 | 4909629 Unknown User
Mon, 06/30/2014 - 12:08 | 4909791 flapdoodle
flapdoodle's picture

Russian weapons are actually meant to win wars, rather than just make the MIC rich which seems to be the real purpose behind US weapons.

Ask the Germans how well really sophisticated weaponery works in battle. One of the main reasons they lost Kursk is because the new overengineered Panther and Tiger tanks didn't make it in time and the timeline had to be delayed, allowing the Red Army to dig in. It also didn't help that the new Tiger/Panther wundertanks had serious teething problems. They had to be shipped to the front in railroad cars as they could only run so many hours before needing major maintenance.

Where are those F16s promised to the Iraqis by the US again? Please remind me, how many days ago did the Russians offer the Sukois to the Iraqis?

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 12:24 | 4909878 Freddie
Freddie's picture

LOL!  They figured out how to blow up a lot of Israeli Merkava tanks.   Israel is not too crazy about taking on Hezboolah man on man either.  Israel found Lebanon not very inviting last time.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 15:51 | 4911003 TheReplacement
TheReplacement's picture

If there is any correlation to AKs vs M-# rifles then the Russian stuff will be easier and more reliable.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 10:41 | 4909466 ParkAveFlasher
ParkAveFlasher's picture

So, our weapons and advisors are going there, and Russia's weapons and advisors are going there, so, they'll be there together..........AWKWARD

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 10:58 | 4909528 kowalli
kowalli's picture

nope, Russia's weapons and advisors protects Russia oil company...

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 15:35 | 4910923 COSMOS
COSMOS's picture

Look up the Clash, When IVAN meets GI JOE

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 10:55 | 4909517 screw face
screw face's picture

Z the Greek....

.........FOR BANKERS!

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 10:36 | 4909437 TalkToLind
TalkToLind's picture

What the heck is an ISIS?  And why is the US MSM serving as the marketing department for ISIS (nightly mentions on all newscasts)?  I thought that privilege was reserved for US entities like GM, Apple, Facebook, sports teams, the Federal Reserve and the US gubermit.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 10:38 | 4909451 NoDebt
NoDebt's picture

ISIS is the organization of bad guys in the TV show "Archer".  That's all you need to know.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 10:48 | 4909486 replaceme
replaceme's picture

ISIS are the good guys, ODIN are the bad ones... Barry the cyborg was ODIN. I think they also used to be Bluth Real Estate Dev. 

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 10:51 | 4909504 NoDebt
NoDebt's picture

Ah, that's right.  I've had a lot of trouble lately telling the good guys apart from the bad guys in remote parts of the world.  Apparently, it's spilled over to my television viewing.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 11:13 | 4909573 magpie
magpie's picture

ISISpapacy are the GOOD guys...but they should APPEAR to be the BAD guys...so you Americans TREMBLE in fear.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 10:39 | 4909453 magpie
magpie's picture

Meet Obama's next production, after Mu Bro's, here comes ISIS, feminist plus extra satanism - making the world safe for Hitlery.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 10:41 | 4909464 Ignatius
Ignatius's picture

"And why is the US MSM serving as the marketing department for ISIS (nightly mentions on all newscasts)?"

Weapons sales and a trifurcated Iraq, baby.  It's what's for dinner.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 12:11 | 4909823 ExpendableOne
ExpendableOne's picture

ISIS == latest incarnation of bad guys.  Most notable for having NO JAG officer corps....

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 12:27 | 4909902 Freddie
Freddie's picture

No no ISIS are McCain and Nudelman's boys.   You will never get the truth on Benghazi because the Democrats and Neocons aka GOP-e were both totally involved with Deep State.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 12:31 | 4909919 Kirk2NCC1701
Kirk2NCC1701's picture

ISIS includes Semitic* members, who ancestors used to worship the desert gods ISis, RA and ELohim.

* Semitic = Semites = Descendants of Shem (son of Noah), that includes a range of ME tribes, although modern PR machines and special interest lobbyists now use it as a euphemism for only one such tribe (the Self-Chosen Tribe) as a clever ploy to redirect and frame sociopolitical debate.

Long before there were corporate mergers and hostile takeovers, mergers and takeovers existed even in the realm of philosophy and religion.  E.g. these three deities (whether imaginary, or real space-alien visitors with advanced technology) were fused into one deity:  The winning warrior deity Elohim/Yahweh, who tolerated no others (per his self-appointed spokesmen).  For more info see "The History of God" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZY2eeozdo8

And for those who care to do some research on their own, it is fascinating and not at all an 'accident' or 'coincidence' that the parallels between the desert (Egyptian) god Osiris and that of Jesus of Nazareth:  Their birth, miracles, death and resurrection.  Except that the story of Osirirs precedes that of Jesus by many centuries, and was unknown to the Israelites of Jesus' era and location.

Likewise, as I have posted previously, Mohammed was even more successful in fusing the hundreds of gods of the Arabic tribes of his time -- with each tribe literally having their own god -- into 'One God'.  This process of "homogenizing and standardizing" is a prerequisite for mergers of tribes into a large Nation, and sets the stage for expansion via imperialist conquest.

It's tragic and horrific how much evil and blood has been spread in the name of ancient superstitions and self-evident philosophies that pass as religion of "divine" origin, i.e. as a World-view and an explanation of Life, the Universe and Everything.  And, if you think about it, it's ironic that so many people won't accept modern theories of Life and the Universe, yet will accept and mindlessly regurgitate the claptrap from long dead guys - guys of questionable hygiene and grade 4 education, at best. 

And to those Theists, who claim to represent The Truth, or to want only The Truth, I leave you with this ...

   "People claim to want the truth.  That's not quite true.  What they really want is 'truth' that is consistent with their world-view."

Once a person has (emotionally and psychologically) 'internalized' a view or model, their mental inertia becomes very strong and resistant to change -- even when faced with sufficient cognitive information.  Just try rattling the cage a person's world-view, and see them react in a primal manner, and adverse manner.  Theists are no exception, and are in fact a perfect example of aforesaid claim.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 12:50 | 4910040 Dublinmick
Dublinmick's picture

The past really happened, history is just something somebody said and passed along.

The past is simply a lie that historians agree on ... Voltaire

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 13:57 | 4910369 omniversling
omniversling's picture

Pure coinkydinky that there's a DC based military contractor called ISIS? Jam packed viewing and reading the show notes here (long black fabric/ninja suits):

ISIS EXPOSED 100% AS CIA OPERATION: "The Next Bin Laden is Here" - Don't Be Fooled




BOMBSHELL! Washington D.C based military contractor called ISIS! COINCIDENCE I'M SURE!:
ISIS Intelligence Technology Training


ISIS Illuminati Ploy

The Bride of 9/11 -- Scripted and Ready for Production

Cult of ISIS

Special thanks to Lenon Honor (9/11 Fear Based Mind Control)

FOLLOW UP: Comedy parody video on the ridiculousness of this scripted fear propaganda for new Boogeyman "Baghdadi"


Here is a PDF link update to the bill that was passed,

This amendment would legalize the use of propaganda on American audiences and was inserted into the latest defense authorization bill, This would "strike the current ban on domestic dissemination" of propaganda material produced by the State Department and the independent Broadcasting Board of Governors, according to the summary of the law at the House Rules Committee's official website. This little change to the bill would essentially neutralize two previous acts—the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 and Foreign Relations Authorization Act in 1987—that had been passed to protect U.S. audiences from our own government's misinformation campaigns.

The US government has for many decades been allowed to dish out propaganda to foreign countries. But now, through this bill, propaganda that was supposed to target foreigners could now be aimed at Americans, reversing a longstanding policy. Bill was finally passed as part of the National Defense Authorization Act [NDAA 2013] HR 4310, signed by Obama on 12/29/2012. Pages 326-328.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 10:34 | 4909438 666
666's picture

Dismantled state? Sounds like a Heathkit!

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 10:38 | 4909450 Cognitive Dissonance
Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Just add aviation fuel and munitions and presto!

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 10:54 | 4909510 One of We
One of We's picture

IKEA ground attack craft

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 10:37 | 4909445 Smiley
Smiley's picture

Pay money for merchandise and get merchandise delivered promptly.  How ironic that Russia is upstaging the US in capitalism and customer service.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 10:39 | 4909456 PacOps
PacOps's picture

A more satisfying "blowjob"?

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 11:21 | 4909593 NotApplicable
NotApplicable's picture

In Russia, red-tape cut you!

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 12:31 | 4909917 Freddie
Freddie's picture

The Russians deliver, the jets are not super fragile like USA stuff and no spyware to divert 777's to South Pacific islands by taking over the plane.

American hardware and software is filled with spyware, crippleware, hijackware and other shit.   Plus countries pay for stuff and American companies never deliver it.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 23:56 | 4912810 StychoKiller
StychoKiller's picture

"What can Brown, er Red, do for you?"

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 10:37 | 4909447 Hugh G Rection
Hugh G Rection's picture

I guess Dov Zakheim will have to give ISIS some f-16s now.  If anyone starts digging into the budget they can just blow up the budget analysts' office again.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 10:48 | 4909488 conscious being
conscious being's picture

Hugh, you are relentless.

I like it.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 11:11 | 4909565 Hugh G Rection
Hugh G Rection's picture

I'm not stopping until they give me gold or lead.  It better be a lot of gold though, learning the truth really pissed me off.

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!