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The Iraqi military soon will be cleared for flight after the purchase this week of two aircraft in Jordan, coalition officials in Baghdad said today.
Army Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, deputy operations director of Multinational Force Iraq, told reporters today the aircraft are part of a plan to provide surveillance capability to the growing Iraqi security forces.
He said the two reconnaissance aircraft represent the first acquisitions in a planned purchase of 16 aerial observation and surveillance aircraft intended to assist in the protection of electrical and oil assets, as well as in border and coastal security. Delivery of the first two aircraft is scheduled for mid-July, he said.