Thursday, December 11, 2014

Iraqi minister of defense, in the news

Still from an Iraqi MOD video posted 08DEC14 of Iraqi Minister of Defense Dr. Khalid al-Obeidi, seen saluting upon disembarking from IqAF Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 "Super Hercules" transport aircraft at Camp Speicher (ORSH).

Of note,  US DSCA announced the last week of November that the Government of Iraq requested a possible 5-year sustainment package for its C-130E/J fleet that includes operational, intermediate, and depot level maintenance, spare and repair parts, support equipment, repair and return, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support. Estimated cost is $800M, and American observers are somewhat skeptical of this request given the poor performance of Iraq's military against ISIL, and the current, cheap price of crude oil. [source: Defense Industry Daily]

Interesting to see the Iraqi minister's adoption of tan CWU27/P nomex fire-retardant flight suit. He wears a distinctive ID patch marked "MINISTER.O.D".

YouTube video posted 08DEC14 depicting Iraqi Minister of Defense Dr. Khalid al-Obeidi at this week's tour of recently liberated Baiji refinery and University of Tikrit.

YouTube video posted 08DEC14 depicting Iraqi Minister of Defense Dr. Khalid al-Obeidi at this week's tour  of Kadhimiya (northern Baghdad). During the last question posed by a member of the press, he is asked about Russian arms developments for Iraq. The minister responds "there's been a few complications regarding recent deliveries."

Photo of outgoing U.S. SecDef Chuck Hagel (right) with Iraqi MOD Dr. Khalid al-Obeidi dated 09DEC14 in Baghdad. [photo: AP]

Iraqi leadership reportedly told SecDef Hagel on Tuesday that their army is "taking the offensive" against the Islamic State group but needs more air power and heavy weaponry to prevail.


Anonymous said...

and Hagel told them that what they needed was a more inclusive government rather than heavier weapons

Brig. Gen. Basrawi (IQAF.ret) said...

Happy news. Iraqi government is taking back what rightfully belongs to the people. Everything north and west of Baghdad all the way to the Syrian border must be re-captured. Iraqi government should not settle with anything less than that. This can be done while respecting the Kurds. No more fighting between Arabs and Kurds. There shall be mutual understanding, stability, peace, and good relations between Arabs and Kurds in Iraq. And the military co-operation has so far payed off. The military help from Iran too has resulted in positive outcomes for Iraqi Security Forces and Army in certain engagements with IS fighters. However Iranian involvement in Iraqi domestic affairs is like a double-edged sword. It has both positive and negative effects on the overall situation in Iraq. Iranian commitment is good in the way that Iraqi forces are provided with armaments, vehicles and various equipment which strengthens them in the fight against IS fighters. Simultaneously the Iranian meddling in the Iraqi political landscape is bad in that it disenfranchises Iraq's sunni Arabs, pushing many of them towards IS and other such groups.