Italy Drops Off Assad Warships to Iraq Decades Behind Schedule

The Iraqi Navy has finally received two Assad-class warships that were initially ordered in the 1980s.

The combat ships were delivered by cargo ship on June 21, after a month-long trip that began on May 19, according to Italian media reports.

An Iraqi woman walks her national flag during a celebration marking the the departure of US troops from Iraq in Baghdad's Adhamiyah neighbourhood. File photo - Sputnik International
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Iraq ordered six Assad-class combat ships in the early 1980s as part of its war against Iran. While western suppliers were happy to agree to an export deal, a UN weapons embargo was imposed on Iraq following the invasion in Kuwait.  

It’s not clear when the other four Corvettes will be delivered. Each ship comes in at roughly 675 tons. Most Iraqi naval ships are used for maritime patrol and guarding off-shore oil platforms. 

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