U.S. Okays $700m sale of Hellfire missiles to Iraq

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Hellfire missiles to IraqWASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department has approved the sale 5,000 Hellfire to Iraq as Baghdad tries to fend off militant Islamist forces.

The deal is valued at $700 million, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said on Tuesday.

Iraq had requested 5,000 the air-to-ground missiles, which are manufactured by Lockheed Martin Corp and enable helicopters to battle tanks and armored vehicles. Much smaller Hellfire shipments have already been sent to Iraq.[eap_ad_2]

Parts, training and logistical support are part the new deal.

Iraq’s U.S.-trained and -funded army has unraveled as Sunni insurgents have taken swathes and western Iraq.[eap_ad_3]