5 Russian helicopters Deployed to Western Iraq

Thursday, 15 September, 2016 - 17:00

 5 Russian helicopters, earlier delivered to the Iraqi army, were deployed in Ein al-Assad military airbase in al-Baghdadi region of Anbar province for anti-ISIL operations.

"Five Russian combat helicopters entered Ein al-Assad airbase in the Western parts of Heet town in al-Anbar on Tuesday," an Iraqi security source said.

According to the source, the military helicopters have been deployed to the airbase to support the Iraqi forces in operations to liberate the ISIL-held regions in al-Anbar.

Ein al-Assad is also used by the US military advisors and the anti-ISIL coalition forces for war against the terrorist group.

Iraqi military sources disclosed on Wednesday that Ein al-Assad, the main airbase of Anbar province in Western Iraq, has resumed operations after a 13-year halt.

"Five Sukhoi fighter jets of the Iraqi air force landed in Ein al-Assad military airbase," a military source said.

He noted that this is for the first time in the past 13 years that Iraqi warplanes land in Ein al-Assad airbase.

"These fighter jests will  take part in the liberation operations of al-Ramadi, Heet and al-Baghdadi regions," the source added.

Ein al-Assad is one of Iraq's reinforced military airbases that has specially been designed for landing of fighter jets and US military helicopters.