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Russia-Iraq arms deal

October 10, 2012

Inside Story – Russia-Iraq arms deal: Business as usual?

Russia has agreed to sell up to $5bn worth of arms to Iraq. Are the motives behind the deal purely financial, and does it impact the delicate balance of power in the region? Guests: Sabah al-Mukhtar, Jorge Benitez, Dmitry Babich.

Uploaded by AlJazeeraEnglish

*What is behind Iraq’s arms deal with Russia?

Some see both Baghdad and Moscow as helping prop up Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, by strongly opposing outside intervention in the crisis.

Iraq has echoed Russia’s call for a political solution to the conflict, and both countries reject any move aimed at regime change in Syria.

*Pentagon deploys military forces to Jordan-Syria border
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