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US to boost Iraqi forces and Peshmerga air defence against Iran-backed threats

19th December 2023 - 18:35 GMT | by Norbert Neumann in London

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Iraqi forces would be unlikely to receive anything as sophisticated as the widely known Patriot SAM system. (Photo: Raytheon)

In response to persistent missile and drone attacks predominantly carried out by Iran and its allied militias, the US has embarked on a strategic initiative to bolster Iraqi forces' air defence capabilities.

The US 2024 National Defense Authorization Act included a provision for equipping Iraqi security forces and Kurdish Peshmerga forces with air defence system against various threats. The bill was passed by both the House of Representatives and the Senate on 14 December, and had been waiting for President Joe Biden’s signature.

‘Not later than February 1, 2024, the secretary of defense, in consultation with the secretary of state, shall develop a plan of action to equip and train Iraqi security forces and Kurdish Peshmerga forces to defend against attack by missiles, rockets and unmanned systems,’ read the provision in the

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Norbert is the Aviation, Military Training & Simulation reporter at Shephard Media. Before joining Shephard in …

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