Warplanes delivered recently to Baghdad appear to be from Iran. According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), photo analysis shows that the planes are likely the same ones used in the first Gulf War. Video released by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense reveals serial numbers assigned to Iranian SU-25s. The video also shows that attempts were made to cover up the old markings on the plane, like the Iranian roundels on the side of the air intakes and a large proportion of the tail fin normally occupied by a full serial number, the Iranian flag and the IRGC insignia. The group of planes is said to be in much better condition than the recent delivery of planes from Russia. Used by Russia in its 1980s war in Afghanistan, the Su-25 was described at the time by a U.S. Marine report as “ideal” for war in the rugged terrain of the Middle East. Iraqi military used Su-25 jets extensively during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s.
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