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    Iraq Cancels $4.2B Russian Arms Deal

    Russia's President Vladimir Putin, right, and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki speak to the media after their meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. Putin hosted Iraqi Prime Minister for talks, hoping to take ties to a new level amid agreement between Moscow and Baghdad over the conflict in Syria. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

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    Iraq has called off a recent $4.2 billion purchase of arms from Russia due to concerns about corruption within the Iraqi prime minister's team, although one Russian military expert believes the cancellation is tied to pressure from Washington. The deal, said to include attack helicopters and missiles, was just signed in October. It would have made Russia the second-biggest supplier of weapons to Iraq after the United States.

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