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Iraq orders $US100 mil­lion ($112 million) worth of light military equipment from China

Posted by gasweek on 10 October, 2007

News of the Iraqi arms deal – in which it would order $US100 mil­lion ($112 million) worth of light military equipment from China – came as Lieutenant-General Raymond Odierno, the top US commander for day-to-day op­erations in Iraq, said he expected a US presence would be re­quired for “at least three to five more years” and would involve 25,000 to 50,000 troops, depend­ing on security conditions, reported The Sydney Morning Herald (5/10/2007, p.9).

Iraq buys Chinese, US equipment: Iraq has become one of the largest buyers of US-made weapons. General David Petraeus told the Senate armed services committee last month that Baghdad had signed deals to buy $US1.6 billion in US arms, with another $US1.8 billion in possible weapons purchases.

The Sydney Morning Herald, 5/10/2007, p. 9

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