Newspaper: Washington arms to Iraq $ 11 billion amid concerns
Beirut, December 30 / December (Rn) - The "New York Times," the U.S. that the U.S. administration tends to complete the weapons program and the training of Iraqi police valued at $ 11 billion, amid what it described as mounting fears of exploitation of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's program in order to seize power .
The newspaper said U.S. military assistance including fighter jets, "F - 16" tanks and military aircraft "M1 A1 Abrams" tanks and military major, artillery and armored personnel carriers as well as vests and trailers of ammunition and other equipment, plans to America delivered to the Iraqi government to assist them in protect its borders and to rebuild the army, which was considered before the Gulf War and one of the largest armies in the world.
The paper reported that the reinforcement will be managed by the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, which will play a security role through the office of mediator between the Iraqi government and construction companies such as armament, "Lockheed Martin" and "Raytheon".
On the other hand, considered that the paper "arms sales, which was implemented some of them already, go ahead, despite concerns raised about the efforts Maliki" Shiite "to acquire power, and that hit the wall coalition government supported by Washington."
She explained that "the United States interested in strengthening the Iraqi army reserve against Iranian influence, what prevents them from paying attention to the concerns of officials, Iraqis and Americans, that step is counterproductive, if approached the Baghdad government in the end of the clerics in Iran more than Washington."
The newspaper quoted a number of American diplomats, including Ambassador James Jeffrey, concern of military aid to Iraq, as some said, "The program will have political repercussions unless the United States properly managed, and there is growing concern also from Maliki's efforts to marginalize the Sunnis and that can be lead to a sectarian war. "
He says a number of analysts and Iraqi diplomats that "many reasons that make them worry about the deal, apart from what he says U.S. and Iraqi officials for not sectarian Iraqi army, it seems the latter taking in the transition to a Shi'ite militia are marginalizing the year, under orders from Maliki, instead of playing the role of protecting the sovereignty of the country. "
The newspaper quoted Finance Minister Rafie al-Issawi his concerns about the "dangers of arming sectarian army," adding, "Unfortunately, with all the sacrifices we have made and budgets that support Srvnaha and great American who gave, that the result will be configured sectarian militia."
In contrast, the Times concluded that the Pentagon assured that the weapons would be delivered the terms of "the most important subject to control by the nature of their use, to ensure that the U.S. administration not to waste it," The justification of the U.S. for the deal is that "al-Maliki said that did not take weapons from us, will get it from somewhere else , "according to a U.S. official said.