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US Waiting on Iraq to Approve New Missile Defenses

Friday, 31 January 2020 23:54 WIB Global

U.S. efforts to better protect troops in Iraq from the threat of Iranian missiles are being held up by Iraqi officials, who have yet to decide whether to allow Patriot missile defense batteries into the country. “We need the permission of the Iraqis,” U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Thursday, briefing reporters at the Pentagon. Esper said disagreements about where to place the Patriot batteries also will need to be worked out, should Iraq give the United States the go-ahead. Despite the complications, Esper and other top Pentagon officials are adamant that the missile defense system is needed after at least 64 U.S. troops suffered traumatic brain injuries from an Iranian missile...

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