Is the U.S. About to Indirectly Supply ISIS with 5,000 Hellfire missiles via proxy Sale to Iraq?
The United States says it plans to sell 5,000 Hellfire missiles to Iraq to help it fight ISIL militants, who have taken over hundreds of square kilometers of territory across western and northern parts of the country.
The Pentagon said on Tuesday the government has approved the sale of 5,000 AGM-114K/N/R missiles , made by Lockheed Martin Corp., and related parts and training.
The US would make $700 million out of the missile deal, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement.
The planned sale is the largest yet of the air-to-ground missiles, which the Iraqis fire from AC-208 Cessna Caravan planes and other fighter jets.
“Iraq will use the Hellfire missiles to help improve the Iraq Security Forces’ capability to support current on-going ground operations,” the agency said.
According to Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby, Washington has already sold hundreds of Hellfire missiles to Iraq.