Iraqi Air Force Launches Its First F-16 Air Strikes Against IS Militants
(Source: Radio Free Europe; issued Sept 7, 2015)
The Pentagon has confirmed that Iraq’s military launched air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants for the first time using F-16 fighter jets purchased from the United States.
Pentagon spokesman Peter cook praised Iraq for what he described as the successful use of “cutting edge aircraft” in the campaign against the militant group.
He did not provide details about the air strikes.
But Iraqi air force General Anwar Hama Amin told AFP on September 6 that 15 air strikes had been carried out by Iraqi warplanes during the previous four days.
Amin said “smart weapons” used against IS targets in Salaheddin and Kirkuk provinces to the north of Baghdad had achieved “important results,” and predicted the jets will have “an impact on the conduct of operations in the future.”
Iraq received four F-16 fighter jets from the United States in July out of a total of 36 that Washington has agreed to sell to Baghdad.
Statement On Iraq Conducting Its First Counter-ISIL Air Operations Using F-16 Fighter Aircraft
(Source: U.S Department of Defense; issued Sept 6, 2015)
Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook provided the following statement:
"Today the Government of Iraq announced that Iraq has conducted its first counter-ISIL air operations using F-16 fighter aircraft. We commend the Iraqi Air Force for its successful use of this cutting edge aircraft in the international campaign to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL.
The first four aircraft purchased by the Government were delivered to Iraq in July. The United States is committed to building a strategic partnership with Iraq and the Iraqi people and we will continue to work with the Government of Iraq on the delivery of the remaining aircraft as they become available within the framework of the production schedule.”