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April 15, 2017
U.S. State Department approves training, support package for Iraq
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
A possible U.S. Foreign Military Sale to Iraq of pilot and maintenance training and contractor support services has won approval from the State Department. The possible sales deal is worth an estimated $1.06 billion, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency following its required notification to Congress. "The proposed sale of training and support services will improve the Iraq's ability to train its pilots and maintenance technicians," the agency said in a press release. "By trainin ... read more

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