„I'll be frank and say that we were deluded when we signed the contract [with the U. S. ]. We should have sought to buy other jet fighters like British, French and Russian to secure the air cover for our forces; if we had air cover we would have averted what had happened.“

— Nouri al-Maliki, On his country's order of F-16 fighter aircraft (June 2014), as quoted in BBC News http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28042302.

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