Billions wasted? Iraqi pilots claim pricey F-16 program is falling apart
August 25, 2020 at 15:25 PM EDT
Nine years ago, just before the Obama administration pulled the plug on a troop presence in Iraq, Baghdad signed a landmark $4.3 billion, U.S.-backed Lockheed Martin deal to bolster its burgeoning Air Force with their very own fleet of F-16 fighter jets. The first batch arrived three years later, under the guise that the force would stand on its own two feet.