Aug 27 2012
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NGOs protest Iraqi governments' F16 fighters purchase
Dozens of NGOs in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq protested on Monday Iraqi government's purchase of US F16 fighter jets considering it as a threat to the Kurdish region.
The protesting NGOs also sent a protest letter to the US President Barrack Obama as well a UN General Secretary Ban Ki Moon.
The representative of the NGOs who held a press conference in Erbil city, said the purchase of F1 jets was not necessary and that Iraqi authorities could use them against the Iraqi people and the Kurdish region.
"The Iraqi government I not under any external threats from the air or the ground from borders. The purchase of these fighters is not necessary"
"Each of these planes have been purchased a huge amount of money which the Iraqi government could use on providing services to the people and reconstruct the country. The government could buy passenger planes instead of F16s" Salim said.
"Our concern and fear of the Iraqi government's purchase of those planes stems form our experience with the former Iraqi governments that used heavy weapons against their people" said Salim.
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