Iraq’s front-line multi-role helicopters and U.S. supplied Abrams tanks are taking so much punishment in combat with ISIS insurgents that Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s government is growing desperate for replacements.
Iraqi helicopter and armour losses have escalated in combat with ISIS rebels. The Iraqi military exhausted its inventory of 300 Hellfire missiles on June 15 and has asked the U.S. for 1,400 more. Baghdad is also trying to source warplanes and attack helicopters from Russia and the Czech Republic.
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