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Iraq considers deepening military ties with Russia

Associated Press
BAGHDAD: Iraq and Russia discussed prospects for deepening military coordination, Iraq's Defense Ministry said Thursday, amid a strain in Baghdad-Washington relations after a U.S. airstrike killed a top Iranian general inside Iraq.

The ministry statement followed a meeting in Baghdad between Iraqi army chief of staff Lt. Gen. Othman Al-Ghanimi and Iraq's Russian Ambassador Maksim Maksimov, as well as a newly arrived defense attache.

The meeting comes during an uncertain moment in the future of Iraq-U.S. military relations, following the Jan. 3 U .S. drone strike that killed Iran's most powerful military commander, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, and Iraqi senior militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis near Baghdad airport. The attack continues to create friction, prompting powerful Shiite parties to call for an overhaul of the existing strategic set-up between Iraq and the U.S.-led coalition.

Al-Ghanimi praised Moscow's role in the battle against the Islamic State group, saying they had provided "our armed forces with advanced and effective equipment and weapons that had a major role in resolving many battles," according to the ministry statement.

The statement said the sides discussed prospects for "cooperation and coordination." Both parties emphasized the importance of exchanging information and coordination to prevent the resurgence of IS

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Between this, potentially happening, and China's deal for development of Iraq's oil fields, reached in October of last year, Iraq, China launch 'oil for reconstruction' agreementone has to wonder; who, precisely, "won" Iraq, after all the blood and money spent by this country?!?!?

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