Russia boosts ties with Iraq in challenge to U.S. influence




 
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Russia boosts ties with Iraq in challenge to U.S. influence
 
February 12th, 2016  
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Topic: Russia boosts ties with Iraq in challenge to U.S. influence


Russia boosts ties with Iraq in challenge to U.S. influence
By Saif Hameed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Russia is ready to sell civil airliners to Iraq and keep providing it with military aid to fight Islamic State, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Thursday, accompanied on a trip to Baghdad by the biggest Russian delegation in years. The mission by nearly 100 government and business officials was part of a drive by Moscow to strengthen commercial and security ties with Iraq, potentially eroding U.S. influence in one of the world's most critical regions. Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said discussions had revolved around providing military assistance to defeat Islamic State militants, also known as Daesh, who seized a third of Iraq in 2014 and want to redraw the map of the Middle East.




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