The Iraqi Air Force (IQAF) (Arabic: Al Quwwa al Jawwiya al Iraqiya القوة الجوية العراقية) is the Iraqi Armed Forces branch responsible for aerial warfare. Other roles include the policing of international borders and surveillance of national assets. The IQAF also acts as a support force for the Iraqi Navy and the Iraqi Army and it also allows Iraq to rapidly deploy its developing Army.
The Iraqi Air Force was first founded in 1931, during British rule of Iraq with only a few pilots. Aside from a brief period during the Second World War, The Iraqi Air Force operated mostly British aircraft until the 14 July Revolution in 1958, when the new Iraqi government began increased diplomatic relationships with the Soviet Union. The air force used both Soviet and British aircraft throughout the 1950s and 1960s. When Saddam Hussein came to power in 1979, the air force grew very quickly when Iraq ordered more Soviet and French aircraft. Its peak came a few years after the long and bloody Iran-Iraq War, in 1988, when it consisted of over 950 aircraft, becoming one of the largest air forces in the region. Its downfall came during the Gulf War and continued while coalition forces enforced no-fly zones. The remains of Iraq's air force was destroyed during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Currently, the IQAF is rebuilding and receiving most of its training and aircraft from the United States.
... The Iraqi government is seeking the return of 8-12 MiG-21s sent to Yugoslavia in 1989 they will need to be refurbished if they are returned to service ... On 19 November 2009, the US DSCA announced a formal request from the Iraqi government to buy up to 27 light and medium utility helicopters, in a deal worth up to $1.2 billion ... of America’s combat presence in Iraq, has left the Iraqi government in a position where it is unlikely to be able to properly enforce the military mandates it will ...
44°22′08″E / 33.3271°N 44.3690°E / 33.3271 44.3690 Muthanna Airbase was an Iraqi military facility west of the center of Baghdad ... It was the home base for Iraqi Air Force transport squadrons and navigation school ... During the 1991 Gulf War, three of Baghdad's 42 targets—Iraqi Air Force headquarters, Muthanna airfield, and Ba'ath party headquarters—absorbed 20 ...
... The sudden Iraqi air strikes against six Iranian airfields and four other military installations, launched on the afternoon of 22 September 1980, came as a ... caused relatively minimal damage, and the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force retaliated fiercely to the invasion, flying strikes involving up to 140 McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom IIs against main ... Intense Iranian activity inside Iraqi air space during the first week of the war managed to prove so successful that it eventually forced the Iraqi Air Force onto the defensive ...
... After Operation Karbala 6, the Iranian military was effectively a weakened force, and did not launch large-scale offensives for the rest of the war ... The Iranian Air force, despite its once sophisticated equipment, lacked enough equipment and personnel to sustain the war of attrition that had arisen, and was unable ... The Iraqi Air Force, however, had originally lacked modern equipment and experienced pilots, but after pleads from Iraqi military leaders, Saddam decreased political influence ...
... As an officer in the Iraqi Air Force, he was educated at the flight and staff academies in Baghdad ... By the start of 1963, Hardan was the commander of the Iraqi Air Force base near Mosul ... fighting to gain control of Syria, Hardan ordered an air attack on the part of the Syrian air base at Aleppo that was in the hands of supporters of the old government ...
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