[Ed. – Putting more Russians in Iraq, and the S-400 in Turkey, Syria, and Iraq, along with the S-300 PMU-2 in Iran. Guaranteed: feeding your local system’s air picture to Russia is a tacit if not explicit understanding of these transactions.]
Amid confusion and uncertainty about the future of the U.S. military’s presence in Iraq, Russia has unsurprisingly swooped in to re-up its offer to sell the country S-400 long-range surface-to-air missile systems, as well as other air defense weapons. The U.S. government’s recent decision to kill Qasem Soleimani, a top Iranian commander responsible for overseeing assistance to terrorist and militant groups overseas, has raised the potential for the Iraqi government to expel American forces, which would open up a vacuum that Russia and others are already looking to fill.