U.A.E. donates warplanes to Iraq to help it in fight against Islamic State

By Ali Al-Mawsawi

Azzaman, January 23, 2015

The United Arab Emirates is supplying Iraq with warplanes free of charge to help it in the fight against Islamic State militants.

The U.A.E. donated 10 Mirage warplanes recently and is mulling furnishing Iraqi armed forces with Brazilian made light fighter aircraft.

The U.A.E. is the first Arab country to come to Iraq’s defense by donating aircraft and ammunition.

The Emirates has reportedly ordered 24 Brazilian fighters with the intention of ferrying some of them to Iraq.

The Security and Defense Commission at Iraqi parliament admitted that the U.A.E. has been donating fighter aircraft and other equipment to the country.

Maji al-Gharawi, a commission’s member, revealed that Iraq has signed pacts with several Arab states to arm its forces. But he said most of these agreements have not been announced.

He said the U.A.E. has already donated 10 French made Mirage bombers.

“These countries (Arab states) have singed many arms deals with Iraq but they want them to remain under wraps and away from the media for security reasons,” Gharawi said. “The deals call for offering Iraq military and logistical assistance in its fight against the Islamic State.”