WASHINGTON, June 28. (ARMS-TASS)it is not delay in the delivery of the U.S. F-16 fighters to Iraq, as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki reported earlier. It was announced on Friday at a regular press briefing by Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby.
“There is no slowing. We still adhere to the program (supply), and this process continues, despite the instability in Iraq,” – he said. However, Kirby acknowledged that the U.S. contractor, “Lockheed Martin” withdrew 25 of its professionals engaged in Iraq, who were preparing for the arrival of F-16 fighters at an air base near the town of Balad, the central part of the country. ” The preparing was curtailed due to the uncertainty and violence in the region. These contractors were took out from the air base,” – ITAR-TASS. quoted from Rear Admiral