The F16 first entered service in 1978
The United States is "very close" to selling some 18 F16 fighter jets to Iraq, according to a top Pentagon official. © Luis Acosta - AFP/File
The F16 first entered service in 1978
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Last updated: September 15, 2011

Pentagon: US to sell 18 F16 jets to Iraq

The United States is "very close" to selling some 18 F16 fighter jets to Iraq, a top Pentagon official announced Wednesday.

Iraq had frozen the $4.2 billion deal earlier this year amid the Arab Spring pro-democracy uprisings, but the prospects were "promising" for the contract to now move ahead, General Russ Handy, head of the US air forces in Iraq, said.

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