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Iraq orders $100 mln arms supply from China
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Iraq orders $100 mln arms supply from
Baghdad,-- Iraq has ordered light military
equipment from China worth $100 million because the
United States is unable to meet Baghdad's
requirements, the Washington Post reported President
Jalal Talabani as saying.
The weapons are intended for Iraq's police where
only one in five officers are armed, it quoted
Talabani as saying in an article published on its
Web site on Thursday.
The Iraqi president also called for faster U.S.
weapons deliveries to strengthen Iraq's army.
"The capacity of the factories here are not enough
to provide us quickly with all that we need, even
for the army," the newspaper quoted Talabani, who is
visiting the United States, as saying.
"One of our demands is to accelerate the delivery of
the arms to the Iraqi army".
Last week the Pentagon said it was ready to sell
Iraq weapons worth up to $2.3 billion to help its
army expand and take over missions now carried out
by U.S. and other foreign forces.
It said the sale would include vehicles, small arms
ammunition, explosives and communications equipment,
as well as upgrades to 32 additional UH-1
The newspaper said U.S. officials conceded
Washington faced problems delivering everything
"We're working hard just to supply our own troops,"
an administration official told the newspaper.
"Our factories are working for our own troops. So
it's true we don't have the ability to provide these
rifles and other equipment they're looking for."
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