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U.S. F-16's Not Expected in Iraq Until Fall

Thursday, July 3, 2014 | Worthy News / World News


BAGHDAD, IRAQ (Worthy News)-- The 'Islamic State' continued its assault on the Iraq's Balad air force base, formerly known as Camp Anaconda, as U.S. does not expect F-16s to be supplied in Iraq until the fall.

"I don't have a specific timeline for how the relocation of contractors from Balad will affect the delivery of the F-16," Pentagon spokesman Steve Warren said. "It certainly will."

Iraq continued to charge the current delivery process doesn't meet their immediate threat of the Islamic State.

The Pentagon denied there was a delay of F-16s to Iraq.

"The delivery process is the same delivery process that we have been on. They were never expected to be in Iraq until the fall. So there's been no delay," stated U.S. Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby.

"Now, what has affected potential delivery is the situation on the ground," Kirby continued.

"Contractors that were there to help prepare for the arrival of those aircraft. They are no longer working there at Balad. So that could -- that could have an impact on eventual delivery," Kirby concluded.

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