Volounteers who joined the Iraqi army to fight against Jihadist militants of the Islamic State (IS) hold a position at a checkpoint in the city of Diyala, north of the capital Baghdad July 23, 2014. (AFP Photo/Amer al-Saadi)
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Russia has begun supplying military helicopters and fighters jets to Iraq, a report said Thursday, as Iraq's defense minister visited Moscow to press for equipment to thwart a jihadist offensive.Iraq also has contracts for Mi-28 attack helicopters and mobile Pantsir-S1 surface-to-air and anti-aircraft artillery systems.Russia and Iraq in 2012 signed contracts worth $4.2 billion to supply 36 of the Mi-28 attack helicopters and 48 of the Pantsir units, according to Russian Technologies (RosTec) which controls their producers.Iraq's Defense Minister Saadun al-Dulaimi was in Moscow Thursday on a visit officials said was aimed at stepping up military cooperation with Russia.
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