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Iraqi military equipment and capability

A public relations video published on a web site dedicated to Iraqi special forces displays Iraqi military capabilities and equipment, notably M1A1-Abrams main battle tanks and Iraqi Air Force Cessna 208s purchased from the US. The video also shows an F-16IQ Fighting Falcon, though 18 of these multi-role fighter aircraft were not slated to be delivered until "late 2014 or 2015," according to a US Air Force public affairs report in late 2011.

According to an analysis by Defense Industry Daily, "[r]ealistically, Iraq will not be able to enforce national air sovereignty before 2016 at the very earliest - and a number of analysts still believe it will be later than that."

READER COMMENTS: "Iraqi military equipment and capability"

Posted by sdwndr at January 10, 2013 2:03 AM ET:

Honestly, they look pretty good.

Posted by Mr. Nobody at January 10, 2013 5:24 AM ET:

What have we done?

Posted by KaneKaizer at January 10, 2013 5:48 AM ET:

The Iraqi Security Forces may not be perfect, but I'd swap them with ANSF any day.