Iraq will purchase US drones, ‘to protect’ its oil facilities, it was reported recently.
The number and model of the drones to be acquired has not been announced.
The US has a long history of arms sales to petro states, which balances the foreign exchange lost from huge oil imports.It was reported that Iraq has spent $15 billion recently on American tanks, fighter planes, and armoured personnel carriers. The Iraqis insist that the weapons are for defensive purposes.
American arms help to keep authoritarian elites in power, ingratiate American military advisers and suppliers into local hierarchies, and prevent a staggering balance of payments problem that would arise without high markup exports.