29 Jun '14, 3pm

Iraq Receives Russian Jets as It Takes Fight to Militants

Iraq Receives Russian Jets as It Takes Fight to Militants

BAGHDAD — Iraqi forces pressed a counter-attack on Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit Sunday as Russia delivered Sukhoi warplanes to aid Baghdad in what diplomats warn is an existential battle against Sunni militants. Government planes pounded Tikrit with air strikes and clashes broke out across the city Sunday, witnesses said, as thousands of troops advanced in the most ambitious operation Iraqi forces have carried out since insurgents led by the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) overran swathes of five provinces weeks earlier. World leaders, alarmed by the pace of the reverses in Iraq, have meanwhile urged a speeding up of government formation following April elections, warning that the conflict, driven by sectarian divides, cannot be resolved militarily. And while beleaguered Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has conceded that a political solution is nec...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140629/DEFREG04/3062...

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