Iraq receives 36 out of 73 Russian T-90 battle tanks

Iraq has received 36 Russian-made T-90 battle tanks as part of a deal, Iraqi Army Chief of Staff Gen. Othman al-Ghanimi said Monday.

Anadolu reports that the delivery comes as part of a purchase agreement signed last year between Iraq and Russia for a total of 73 T-90s.

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The rest of the tanks will be delivered in April, forming a fully armored unit, al-Ghanimi added.

Dozens of Iraqi military vehicles, including several combat tanks, were destroyed during the country’s three-year battle against Daesh, which overran much of northern and western Iraq in mid-2014.

The Iraqi military’s sizeable arsenal includes both Russian- and US-made tanks and armored personnel carriers along with US, Soviet-era and Korean jet fighters.