US Sending Iraq 1,000 Anti-Tank Missile Systems

IRAQ, KHALIS : Iraqi Shiite fighters walk at Camp Ashraf (a former base of Iran's opposition People's Mujaheddin Party) during a ceremony to mark the liberation of Iraq's Diyala province from the Islamic State group's control, in Khalis, in the Diyala province, on February 2, 2015. Iraqi forces have "liberated" …
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Washington (AFP) – The United States is sending Iraq 1,000 anti-tank missile systems to help fight suicide car bombings, which played a “devastating” role in the capture of Ramadi by Islamic militants, a top US official said Wednesday.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi asked the US administration for weapons systems to help counter car bombings during a recent visit. “We made the decision immediately while he was here to get 1,000 AT4 anti-tank systems to Iraqi security forces and those are going to be arriving fairly soon,” a senior State Department official told reporters.

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