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Iraq willing to accept arms from Russia, Iran, ambassador says
Iraq willing to accept arms from Russia, Iran, ambassador says

Iraq will turn to Iran, Russia and elsewhere for arms and military advice if the Obama administration won't supply what it needs to halt an Al Qaeda splinter group, Iraq's ambassador to the United States said Tuesday. Ambassador Lukman Faily said that though Washington is the Iraqi government's first-choice arms supplier, "we have to choose whoever is available" because of the threat from the militant group the Islamic State, which during the weekend changed its name from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The group also declared that it had established a caliphate in lands it has seized in Iraq and Syria. Iraq would be willing to buy arms from Iran, even...

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