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Monday, September 07, 2015

Iraq has finally started using the F-16 fighter jet in combat operations

IQAF F-16 Fighting FalconThe Iraqi military has used the F-16 fighter jet in combat operations for the first time, more than a year after Iraqi officials began pressing Washington to deliver them to assist in the fight against Islamic State militants.

Defense officials in Iraq and Washington on Sunday confirmed the operations, which should significantly upgrade the Iraqi military’s ability to strike Islamic State militants in coming months.

Iraqi Lt. Gen. Anwar Hama Amin told media outlets in Baghdad that the Iraqi military had carried out 15 airstrikes using the fighters in the past four days, striking north of the capital city in Salaheddin and Kirkuk provinces.

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