Amid U.S. air strikes, Iraq struggles to build own air force
President Barack Obama told a recent interviewer he did not want the U.S. military to become Iraq’s air force. But he may have little choice.
Iraq had only a fledgling air force when the United States withdrew in 2011. Washington has agreed to bolster Iraqi air power by selling Baghdad 36 sophisticated F-16 multi-role jet fighters and 24 Apache helicopters.