By the way the Iraq/Syrian border has become very hot lately with alot of fierce on the ground battles and al-Qaeda fighters still managing to make their way in and one of them managed to kill an Iraqi member of parliament a week ago so they asked the U.S. with further help with that and believe the Penagon is willing to supply them with Predator Drones.Syrian War’s Spillover Threatens a Fragile Iraq
The United States is providing Iraq with refurbished antiaircraft guns, free of charge, but they will not arrive until June. In the meantime, the Iraqis have collected cold war-era missiles found in a junkyard on an air base north of Baghdad, and they are trying to get them in working order. Iraq is negotiating with Russia to buy air defense systems that could be delivered much more quickly than those bought from the United States.
“Iraq recognizes they don’t control their airspace, and they are very sensitive to that,” General Caslen said. Each time Turkish fighter jets enter Iraq’s airspace to bomb Kurdish targets, he said, Iraqi officials “see it, they know it and they resent it.”
Iraq and the United States are negotiating an agreement that could result in the return of small units of American soldiers to Iraq on training missions. At the request of the Iraqi government, according to General Caslen, a unit of Army Special Operations soldiers was recently deployed to Iraq to advise on counterterrorism and help with intelligence.
As Western policy makers consider intervention in Syria, they worry that country’s war could turn into a full-blown sectarian conflict like the one that engulfed Iraq from 2005 to 2007. For Iraqis who fled to Syria and are now returning, not by choice but to save their own lives, Syria already is Iraq.
“It’s exactly like it was in Iraq,” said Zina Ritha, 29, who returned to Baghdad after several years in Damascus. Referring to the Free Syrian Army, Ms. Ritha said: “The F.S.A. is destroying Shia houses. They are kidnapping people, especially the Iraqis and the Shia.”
Iraq: Defence Ministry, Predator and UAVs
Iraqi Acting Defence Minister Saadoun Al-Dulaimi is said to have the impression that the Pentagon is going to supply the Iraqi Defence Ministry with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) of type Predator.