For those not keeping track, the military situation in Iraq has gotten very curious indeed on several fronts. Iraqi forces are attempting to retake Tikrit, and are having some success but also are meeting incredibly stiff resistance from ISIS fighters.
Guess what? Planes which were flown out of Iraq into Iran to escape the American invasion, which include French Mirage fighters and Sukhoi ground support aircraft, have begun to make their way back into Baghdad’s airport and under once again under Iraqi control.
The Iranians, it appears, have kept them in near perfect shape, and the Iraqi general in charge of their Air Force, General Anwar Hama Ameen, has declared they will be in service in several days.
In addition, the Iranian Republican Guard’s Quds Special Forces have arrived as well.
As if that wasn’t strange enough, huge Russian cargo jets have begun arriving in Baghdad, loading with what are said to be formerly-mothballed Sukhoi ground support planers, from whom the Iraqis got those same jets that had been flown to Iraq earlier for safety.
It has been announced Russian experts are reassembling them, and that more of the same jets will be forthcoming in the next week or so. General Ameen says the Iraqi’s have pilots trained to fly them who are ready to do so at a moments notice.
The return of these Russian-made jets from both Iran and Russia has caused the American government to stop stalling and agree to provide some larger and more deadly military support. Unfortunately, there are no Iraqis trained to fly them, so they wont be shipped to Iraq any time soon.
We are in the process of preparing to train a select number of Iraqi pilots in both the F-16 fighter and the Apache attack helicopters. In addition, several hundred American advisors are currently north of Baghdad evaluating the needs of Iraqi armed forces to enable them to retake several major cities further north.
As Iraq has only two Cessna’s capable of delivering Hellfire missiles in support of Iraqi ground troops, and as their supply of these missiles had run out, the American military is said to have shipped at least 75 more missiles for their immediate use.
Unfortunately for the Iraqis, during the attacks by ISIS at least 60 of their largely Russian-made helicopters were damaged, and apparently 6 were destroyed, so they will probably be receiving help from the Russians to get their forces ready there as well.
And one last thing. Remember drones? It is said both American and Iranian drones are now in the air over Northern Iraq, seeing what the situation is in order to provide the Iraqi military with good military intelligence.
Can anyone say confusing?
I certainly think so. Are American, Russian, and Iranian forces to be fighting, or at least working, side by side, or at least not too far apart, against what is seen as a very common enemy? Hmmh, only time will tell.
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