Russia sends 5 fighter jets to Iraq

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File photo: The Su-25, pictured above at a Russian air force base, has been in service for more than three decades and was part of the Iraqi air force under Saddam Hussein's regime.

Five Russian Sukhoi fighter jets have arrived in Iraq, the first of 25 war planes expected to be delivered under a contract between Moscow and Baghdad, the Iraqi Ministry of Defense said in a statement.

A video the ministry released Monday showed the jets, with wings unattached, being pulled toward hangars. “These jet fighters will contribute to increase the combat capability of the air force and the rest of the armed forces in eliminating terrorism,” the ministry said.

The Su-25 has been in service for more than three decades and was part of the Iraqi air force under Saddam Hussein’s regime.

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