US to buy more US aircraft for use in Iraq and Syria
The US will buy more aircraft to fight Islamic State fighters in Iraq, Syria and Libya, a US official told Reuters news agency.
The sale includes five Apache attack helicopters, two C-130 cargo planes and three KC-130 Hercules transport planes, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The sale, which is subject to approval from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), would be the biggest single military buy of the Trump administration.
The administration’s decision was announced by Vice President Mike Pence in the Oval Office on Wednesday.
The Apache and KC-135 have long been in use in the Middle East.
The purchase of the Apache would add to a long list of military purchases made by the Trump White House.
The military has also begun moving military equipment into Iraq and other areas where U.S. forces are operating.