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Unread post14 Aug 2020, 21:14

Not sounding that good really.

Iraq’s vaunted F-16 fighter jet program has fallen into such disarray that pilots can no longer fly combat missions against the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) group – a collapse in military capacity that highlights a broader degradation of the country's security relationship with the U.S. and the effects of pervasive corruption.

In over a dozen interviews with Iraq Oil Report, Iraqi officials and U.S. contractors detailed several criminal schemes and failures of oversight at the Balad Airbase, north of Baghdad, where the jets are housed. Their allegations raise serious questions about the working practices of both the Iraqi Air Force and Sallyport Global Services, the U.S. contractor responsible for providing the base with food, sleeping quarters, security, and fuel supplies.

Published Wednesday, August 12th, 2020

https://www.iraqoilreport.com/news/iraq ... ase-42995/


One U.S. official familiar with the F-16 program told Foreign Policy the “biggest concern” is securing the F-16’s sensitive technology. “We just have absolutely no way to verify what they are looking at, what they’re carrying away,” the official said.

“Right now, at Balad, there’s nothing. There’s no U.S. personnel at all providing security,” the official told Foreign Policy. “As far as the technology, once that’s compromised, that’s compromised and there’s nothing we can do,”

https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/01/30/f1 ... aq-threat/

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Unread post06 Sep 2020, 20:52

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Unread post21 Nov 2020, 13:49

Iraqi F-16s log first combat mission since return of contractor support
by Gareth Jennings 18 NOVEMBER 2020

Iraqi Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons have undertaken their first combat operation since the recent return to the country of contractors who had been evacuated earlier in the year.

Iraq has 34 F-16s, a large proportion of which had in effect been grounded throughout much of 2020 as US contractor support was withdrawn for varying reasons. With that support now returning to the country, the Iraqi Air Force and US CENTCOM have logged a strike mission for the type against the Islamic State group.

Both the Iraqi Air Force (IqAF) and the US Central Command (CENTCOM) announced on 17 November that an undisclosed number of F-16s had participated in air strikes against the Islamic State group north of the capital Baghdad.

“Iraqi F-16 fighter jets carried out air raids against [Islamic State] safe houses in al-Zour area, Diyala,” CENTCOM said. “The mission reflects the growing capabilities of the Iraqi Air Force in fighting terror to maintain the hard-fought victories over [the Islamic State].”

News of the raid came days after Janes first reported the return of US F-16 support personnel to Iraq in September. As noted in the latest US Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report on Operation ‘Inherent Resolve’ published in early November, “A combination of threat levels in the region and impacts of Covid-19 prevented contractors from directly supporting Iraq’s F-16 programme since early 2020.

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news ... or-support


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Unread post22 Nov 2020, 08:38

And with more troops going home base security will be sacrificed.
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