Receipt of the Al Asad airbase in Anbar from U.S. troops in the coming days
PUKmedia Leila Shammari / Baghdad 08.11.2011 14:10:20

Said Lieutenant-General Commander of the Iraqi air force Anwar Hamad Amin during a press statement on Tuesday in the presence of Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Babacar Zebari that during the next few days will receive the Al Asad airbase in Anbar by U.S. forces to the Iraqi government in preparation for its withdrawal from Iraq by end of 2011.

He said Lieutenant-General Secretary that during the next period will come out another squadron of F-16, which consists of 12 to 18 aircraft did not give any further details on the withdrawal of combat aircraft from Iraq, just contented themselves near the exit of another squadron, adding that Iraq has contracted with the United States to buy 36 fighter aircraft F-16 for the advancement of the Iraqi air force and complete the construction of military and armament.

The base-Assad, which is located in Anbar away from the capital to be 240 km west of Baghdad near the city of al-Baghdadi, which was under the control of American forces that entered Iraq in 2003 to topple Saddam's regime, as well as the signing of Iraq's security pact with the U.S. side in 2008 provides for the withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Iraq no later than December 31 of 2011.