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Iraq Mulls Buying Russian S-300 Missile Defense System: Security And Defense Committee Head

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Iraq Mulls Buying Russian S-300 Missile Defense System: Security And Defense Committee Head

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Iraq is mulling whether to buy Russia’s S-300 missile defense system, according to the head of the Security and Defense Committee in the Iraqi parliament Muhammad Rida al-Haider.

The deal is however “on hold” for the time being, he said, without elaboration.

The lawmaker said Baghdad has already concluded several contracts with Moscow on the modernization of an armored brigade.

Iraqi servicemen, Haider said, have “extensive experience using Russian military hardware, especially battle tanks and armored vehicles.”

Last November, an Iraqi parliamentarian said the United States was fiercely opposed to Iraq’s procurement of Russian-made S-400 air defense systems for fear of losing the aerial hegemony it enjoys in the region, as well as lucrative arms deals.

“The main reason is to prevent the Russian side from marketing its air defense systems in the region, whether it is Iraq, the Persian Gulf region, Iran or any other country in the Middle East, because the US, along with Israel, will lose its hegemony over the regional countries’ airspace, and its freedom of movement to target anti-Israel sites would be constrained,” Mohammed al-Baldawi, a member of the Security and Defense Committee in the Iraqi parliament said.

“Another reason is the financial concerns, because the United States depends heavily on revenues from its arms sales, therefore, any attempt by Iraq or any other state to purchase Russian-built air defense systems will trigger US economic sanctions.”

In the aftermath of the US assassination of top Iranian and Iraqi anti-war commanders in Baghdad in January 2020, the Kremlin offered S-400s to Iraq to “ensure the country’s sovereignty and reliable protection of airspace,” according to Russia’s state outlet RIA.

The United States has already warned Iraq, among a number of other countries, of the consequences of extending military cooperation with Russia, and striking deals to purchase advanced weaponry, particularly S-400 missile systems.

There have been reports that Russia has been eyeing to increase arms sales to Iraq, but there’s apparently competition in the face of the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

“While there was some discussion in [Iraq’s] parliament a year ago, I am not aware of any genuine interest in these systems then or currently in the [Ministry of Defence]. There’s also been no recent discussion of purchasing such items in parliament since early last year,” said Norman Ricklefs, head of the geopolitical consultancy NAMEA Group as well as a former adviser to Iraq’s interior minister and to the secretary general of the MoD.

“Clearly the S-400 is a red line for the U.S.,” he said, referring to America sanctioning fellow NATO ally Turkey for purchasing the system. “But any other Russian weapons system purchases will probably be examined on a case-by-case basis, noting that the main U.S. intent is for Iraq to build the capacity to defend itself.”

Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, said that as the U.S. reduces its military footprint in the Middle East, competing world powers Russia and China will seek to expand their regional influence.

“The Middle East writ broadly is an area of intense competition between the great powers. And I think that as we adjust our posture in the region, Russia and China will be looking very closely to see if a vacuum opens that they can exploit,” McKenzie said.

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Chris Gr

The prophecy says that Iraq and Syria will disintegrate.

Corrupt shithole of Ukropisstan

It also says Israel and the U.S. will…
Careful what you wish for…

Chris Gr

Yes, Israel and US will disintegrate also.

GoldStandard

Oded Yinon was an average Israeli journalist in 1980’s and most certainly NO prophet of anything!

Chris Gr

I mean Abrahamic prophecies.

block

S-400. Remember Iran has an indigenous design, the Bavar-373, as well as a customized version of the S-300.

Iranian air defence is rock solid and improving by the day.

Chris Gr

The funny thing is that when Russia and Iran clash with each other you basement dweller will not know who to support.

block

My very own troll piglet. Could you be more obvious?

Chris Gr

You are the troll. I state facts.

Jim Allen

You state bullshit.

Chris Gr

Another troll from youtube

GoldStandard

Why would that ever happen in current geo-poiltical context?! US expansionism, aggression, and sanctions regimes have virtually forced Russia and Iran into closer cooperation. Once upon a time the British and US controlled Iran through instigating a coup and and installing a puppet ‘monarch’. They lost control of Iran in 1979, and remain unbelievably bitter over the loss of control of the Iranian hydrocarbon assets that British Petroleum had de facto control over for decades.Both Russia and Iran well understand who their REAL enemies are, and they both understand who wants to plunder their natural assets, and carve up their sovereign territories into controllable and weaker state-lets, through predictable formula of exploiting and stoking of ethnic divisions.

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Chris Gr

LOL British helped Khomeini to rise. And Russians don’t like Muslim Brotherhood. So when USA fades away what do you think will happen?

Gorgeous George

Russian gear works and is affordable. Only buy US junk if you are bootlicker vassal that has to prove it’s loyalty.

GoldStandard

For Iraq the US sanctions threats are kinda meh, what else is US going to do, they are already in hostile occupation of Iraqi territory, and refusing to abide by an Iraqi Parliamentary request to leave the country. For Russia, an export deal could actually be win-win scenario, as it would show US cannot control the global arms markets through intimidation (mafioso stand-over tactics) and be effective regional marketing for the S-300 system.

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US & EU are Zion slaves

Buy Iranian ones if they couldn’t buy Russian ones.

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