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Iran seeks explanation from Baghdad and Erbil over proposed US air defence system

Iran on Monday requested the Iraqi federal government in Baghdad as well as the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Erbil to explain efforts by the US Congress to provide air defence systems to the Iraqi Kurdistan region.

The House Armed Services Committee last week passed an amendment by Republican Congressman Don Bacon supporting the transfer of air defence systems to the KRG peshmerga forces. The amendment awaits approval by the US Senate to officially become part of the fiscal 2024 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a law that sets the Pentagon's annual budget.

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