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Friday, 27 December 2013

Washington has supplied missiles in Iraq and is ready to provide drones

Drones will add tens of missiles that the United States has already sent to Iraq to support the country in its air strikes against Al-Qaeda.

Two intelligence officials and a military officer explained Thursday 75 Hellfire air-ground missiles arrived in Iraq on December 19 and that others should follow.

At present, the missiles are used by four powered aircraft Iraqi King Air as part of a major operation that takes place in the western desert near the border with Syria, said the same sources.

According to an intelligence official, the use of missiles was successful. They were used to destroy four militant camps.

Deliveries of missiles were confirmed by Jen Psaki, a spokesman for the U.S. State Department, which also said that Washington intended to provide ScanEagle drones in Iraq.

Ms. Psaki said the United States was committed to supporting Iraq in its "fight against terrorism".

Iraq faces a resumption of violence by insurgents and fueled by the ongoing civil war in Syria.

Al-Qaeda is suspected of trying to take advantage of the Syrian war to rebuild his organization in Iraq. Fighters holding the hard line would shuttle between the two countries.

According to UN estimates, more than 8,000 people have been killed since the beginning of the year in Iraq.

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