Iraq receives 9 Mi-A1 Abrams tanks

Friday - 8/31/2012, 8:43am EDT

Iraq may not be quite strong enough to completely defend itself. But that's not because it lacks decent tanks.

Iraq's Army this week took delivery of nine American M1-A1 Abrams tanks. Defense News reports, the delivery completes an order of 140. Iraq displayed the tanks at a training facility southeast of Baghdad. They cost a total of $860 million, of which Iraq paid $800 million. The United States paid the rest. Iraq has also purchased 36 F-16 fighter planes.

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