Russia Delivers 2nd Batch of Jets To Iraq As USA Unloads 4000 Hellfire Missiles

Tyler Durden's picture

The battle for favoritism among the 'apparent' leaders in Iraq continues. Russia just delivered the second batch of Sukhoi fighter jets (which will be flown by Iraqi pilots and "are ready to provide air support to the armed forces"), and the US unloaded 4,000 additional Hellfire missiles to support Iraq's fight against the Islamist insurgents. While this morning the intelligentsia of mainstream media proclaimed "the situation in Iraq is calming down" predicated on the fact that oil prices were lower and stocks at record highs, we suspect the additional war material  to Iraq will do nothing but increase the determination of the "Islamic State" to increase its Caliphate.

As Bloomberg reports, the proxy war favoritism continues in Iraq...

The U.S. readied to sell Iraq thousands of missiles and a second batch of Russian Sukhoi combat jets arrived in Baghdad as foreign powers moved to help Iraqi forces battle an al-Qaeda offshoot.


The U.S. State Department has told lawmakers informally that the Obama administration wants to sell Iraq more than 4,000 additional Hellfire missiles to support its fight against the Islamist insurgents, according to people familiar with the plan.


Sale of the laser-guided missiles made by Lockheed Martin would be in addition to 500 previously purchased.




Russia began sending used fighter jets and military advisers to Iraq over the weekend in response to an appeal from the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Today’s arrivals bring the number of planes shipped to 10.

But Iraq is ready to use the new war materials...

The jets will be flown by Iraqi pilots and “are ready to provide air support to the armed forces,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement.


“The lack of a serious aerial threat has allowed Sunni militants to use lightning raids in quickly assembled convoys of pickup trucks equipped with medium- or heavy-weapons systems,” Texas-based consulting firm Stratfor said in a report e-mailed last night.


Iraq can use the Russian jets to “interdict massed Islamic State and Sunni rebel convoys,” it added.

But the US-Russia pissing match continues...

Iraq’s Shiite-led government said it turned to Russia to bolster its aerial capabilities because U.S. F-16 jets were taking too long to be delivered. U.S. President Barack Obama has also refrained from ordering air strikes against the Sunni militants, putting the onus on Iraqi leaders to first form an inclusive government that could work to end the marginalization of minority Sunnis.


Pressure from the U.S. and Iraq’s top Shiite cleric wasn’t enough to prod lawmakers yesterday to end an impasse over picking a prime minister and fill key posts. An hour after convening in Baghdad for the first time since April elections, parliament adjourned until July 8, citing a lack of quorum and disagreements among leading political blocs.


Marie Harf, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman, said while it was important parliament convened, “we do hope that Iraq’s leaders will move forward with the extreme urgency that the current situation deserves.”


“Time is not on Iraq’s side here,” she added, according to an e-mail of her daily briefing. “They need to do this as quickly as possible.”

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While some may believe because the mainstream media is focus on record high stocks that Iraq must be a strom in a teacup, the violence and deaths are worsening day by day - this is far from over.

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alien-IQ's picture

This is going to escalate into the most epic clusterfuck of modern times...exactly as the masters have planned.

Wahooo's picture

Dozens of fighter jets, check.
4000 missiles, check.
No functioning government, check.

All set for further arming ISIS.

knukles's picture

Cut with the negative vibes, Moriarty.


PS, they're the moderate terrorists we're supporting and don't you forget that.

max2205's picture

Ivan, raise your right hand....repeat after me


You are now an Iraqi pilot

john39's picture

Russia knows that ISIS is backed by US/Israel...   and is turning up the heat accordingly.  If ISIS starts getting bombed, the U.S. and Israel will be forced to show their hand and save their proxy army.

gallistic's picture

Excellent observation- that is the crux of the matter isn't it?

By providing close air support capabilities to the "legitimate" government of Iraq, Russia is forcing the shadow hand of the proxy force sponsors out into the open.

Knight takes queen...

Unfortunately, this will play out over time, and there will be a lot of blood and misery.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

USSA provide hellfire missile for arming of USSA Sukhoi fighter jet is wonderful sign of cooperation between world great super power. There is no doubt China is manufacture many part for both!

COSMOS's picture

LOL the USA 4000 missiles, more BIG talk, the Iraqis will be lucky if they see 4 of those missiles, more likely the ISIS dudes will miraculously raid some airbase in Jordan and end up with all those puppies.

Cracks me up to see the USA throw around all these impressive numbers, they can add them up to the tally sheet that includes all those promised F16s.  This State Dept is the biggest f***king joke in the world, but they are also killers of civillians. Call them KILLER CLOWNS

tonyw's picture

the U.S. and Israel will be forced to show their hand and save dump their proxy army without a second thought just as soon as it suits them and if they all get killed, well "does it even matter now"

same as it ever was


sunaJ's picture

Can you attach hellfire missles to old Soviet jets?  If not, they only have a few helicopters and a couple modified cessnas to attach them to.


BobTheSlob's picture

Yes, with the addition of a mere $100,000 adapter!

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Sounds like what might be keeping Radio Shack in business.

pakled's picture

Flying toyota pickup trucks...

Squid Viscous's picture

need MOAR "advisors", stat

Mark Urbo's picture

They duck tape an Iraq air force guy to the wing and when the pilot gives him the signal, he drops it...

..Iraq is history as we know it. This govt will fall apart and the country will be split into 2 or 3 entities. Iran is the real threat.

Volkodav's picture

Iran has not started any war in 200 years.

but has had plenty of dirty done to them.


Zwelgje's picture

"Iran is the real threat."

Says who?

Miles Ahead's picture

Give the guy a break.  He said "duck" tape.  He's just blowing off steam after a beer or six; you're responding like he even knows where Iraq/Iran is. 

Besides, you're gonna take someone seriously who begins a sentence with two periods?  .Everyone knows you only use one.  .See?

tonyw's picture

Says who?  i wonder, a difficult question isn't it

wild guess says the same people who see any stable strong country in the region as a threat.

better to have them all split up and constantly warring.

nope, give up way, way too difficult to figure out.

EverythingEviL's picture

Lol I thought the same thing...this whole thing is a fuckin mess just like they want it to be

Uncle Remus's picture


Can you attach hellfire missles to old Soviet jets? 


Mil-spec duct tape. We already know what those ME guys can do with a box knife whilst flying aircraft.

The Phu's picture

Anyone else wonder about the irony of american bombs flown on russian planes by iraqis to blow up american humvees and artillery gifted to iraq courtesy of the american taxpayer and soldier???...  anyone???

NOTaREALmerican's picture

Irony and slow-motion eagles-n-flags don't mix.

The Phu's picture

What if BNP Paribas is financing the Russian planes???? Hmmm....

Ignatius's picture

The comedian Lenny Bruce once pointed out the absurd irony of throwing homosexuals in prison with a thousand other men.

"Then what do we do?"

"You could just ask 'em to stop doin' it...."

I'm done giving a fuck what goes on with ISIS in Iraq, etc.

Prayers to the innocents, fuck the gangsters.

sunaJ's picture

Don't forget the arms that the US provided to insurgents BEFORE they were used to capture US humvees and artillery, where we now seem content in sending more arms to destroy these previous distributions.   We have done it for so long in Iraq - supply them, then supply their enemies, then fight both sides by supplying a third, etc, etc.   One may even think that it is done on purpose, perhaps?  The irony slides into the category of farce.


disabledvet's picture

"the other bomber had escaped by after dropping his bombs over somewhere's ville he then proceeded to fly to Sweden instead of back to base."

Mark Urbo's picture forgot the American stinger missiles the IS claimed in the Iraq depots that they will use to shoot down the Russian planes carrying American missiles...

..perpetual money machine for the military complex.

Mark Urbo's picture forgot the American stinger missiles the IS claimed in the Iraq depots that they will use to shoot down the Russian planes carrying American missiles...

..perpetual money machine for the military complex.

Mark Urbo's picture forgot the American stinger missiles the IS claimed in the Iraq depots that they will use to shoot down the Russian planes carrying American missiles...

..perpetual money machine for the military complex.

IndyPat's picture

How could we forget when you said it three fucking times, slick?

You forget that ISIS has no airframe on which to mount launch and guide the stingers.

gallistic's picture

Stingers require no "airframes", slick.

They are MANPADS.

johand inmywallet's picture


But the real problem is, you can;t make this crap up for a movie!!! Only our .gov does it for fuckin real!

nickels's picture

If terrorists did not exist, it would be necessary to invent them. (hat tip- Voltaire)

moriarty's picture

Can't remember sending out any neg vibes though I have a few to spare.

RafterManFMJ's picture

4500 missiles is 495 million dollars - according to wiki they cost 110K per.

One half of a billion dollars.

I gotta close out my 401K soon...

JuliaS's picture

ISIS recently seized $400m+ while taking over some Iraqi bank. Where are we delivering'em hellfires again?

Pazuzu's picture

That's 2.25 Hellfires or $220,000 per ISIS fighter if there are really just two thousand or so of them. If we get a couple of twofers or maybe a few hat tricks with those missiles we can bring this war in under budget and ahead of schedule so's we can get a jump on the next one.

Buck Johnson's picture

No kidding, ISIS is going to have a hayday.



knukles's picture

Gog and Megog, Bitchez

Colonel Klink's picture

Zog and MICZog, Bitchez!


thamnosma's picture

"clusterfuck of modern times" -- it sure as shit has that potential.   Meanwhile, back in the Ukraine....

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

I'd say more like the US is being forced into helping lest they lose what little international standing and influence with Iraq they have left.


After seeing it reported on I shared with zerohedge that the Syrian airforce started bombing in iraq soon after the ISIS invasion and they reported at the end of last week that many retired ( and probably some active ) SAF pilots are going to be flying Sukhois in Iraq, and that has already started.


I said weeks ago either the US plays some token role here, or they get left looking like even bigger assholes because ISIS, now the Islamic state isn't establishing a state from north africa to south europe as is being peddled. They are going to lose just like they are losing in Syria so the West better either be on the right side of history or start WW3. We know what ultimately will happen.