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A Russian Sukhoi Su-25 fighter plane arrives at Iraq's al-Muthanna military airbase at Baghdad airport, in Baghdad

A Russian Sukhoi Su-25 fighter plane arrives at Iraq's al-Muthanna military airbase at Baghdad airport, in Baghdad, July 1, 2014. Iraq's defence ministry said on Tuesday that the second batch of Russian Sukhoi (Su-25) fighter jets that arrived in Baghdad will be used to back Iraqi troops that continue to battle Islamic State militants, previously known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), in the country's northern provinces. REUTERS/Stringer (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TRANSPORT MILITARY CONFLICT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Putin’s Pilots Set to Fly Over Iraq

Yahoo News

On Monday, Russian television trumpeted the arrival of the first 5 of 12 promised Sukhoi Su-25 combat fighter jets to the Iraqi government, saying it had also sent “trainers” to help the Iraqis use them. Gen. Anwar Hama Ameen, the commander of the Iraqi Air Force, told the New York Times the fighter jets would enter the battle against ISIS within a few days, after which the Russian trainers would leave Iraq. He claimed Iraq had plenty of pilots with “long experience” flying the Su-25. (The Daily Beast)

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