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Iraq gets Russian Mi-28 attack helicopters, will use them against militants: Ministry

Published on Aug 31, 2014 12:09 AM

BAGHDAD (AFP) - Iraq has received Russian Mi-28 attack helicopters and will use them against militants who have overrun large parts of the country, the defence ministry said on Saturday.

A ministry statement did not specify how many of the heavily armoured two-seat gunships it has received or what it paid for them.

But a video posted on its website showed a hangar containing multiple desert camouflage-painted Mi-28s, which are capable of all-weather and day and night operation.

Militants led by the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group launched a major offensive in June, sweeping Iraqi security forces aside and overrunning most of the country's Sunni heartland.

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