Шта кажу о томе старне новине..
Baghdad's Shady Arms Deal
Back in March I reported on Iraq's decision to buy Serbia's prototype Lasta 95 turboprop to be its first post-Saddam combat airplane:
Iraq was predicted to pick either the popular Swiss Pilatus brand or the Tucano from Brazil. Instead, it’s paying $200 million for weapons from Serbia, including Lasta 95 attack planes (pictured). Thing is, the Lasta is only a prototype, in a country whose aerospace industry has been all but destroyed by war and recession. Smells like corruption to me, like someone in Baghdad pocketed a lot of cash in exchange for a bad deal.
the Iraqi government which receives generous U.S. military aid has secretly negotiated an $833 million arms deal with Serbia in an apparent bid to circumvent anti-corruption provisions that accompany such deals with the United States, The New York Times reported on its website April 12.
The newspaper said the deal was struck in September by a delegation of 22 high-ranking Iraqi officials without the knowledge of U.S. commanders in the country.
The deal, largely negotiated by Defense Minister Abdul Qadir and Planning Minister Ali Glahil Baban, called for the purchase of a large number of helicopters, planes, armored personnel carriers, mortar systems, machine guns, body armor, military uniforms and other equipment, according to the report.
Critics say the deal was designed to circumvent anti-corruption safeguards that automatically kick in when arms purchases are made in the United States.