Putin promises Iraqi prime minister arms against jihadis

In a telephone conversation Friday, President Vladimir Putin promised Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki Russia’s full support for his efforts to free Iraqi territory from jihadist terrorist hands as quickly as possible. Putin is reported by Baghdad sources to have promised urgent military supplies including helicopters, armored vehicles and ammunition for heavy weapons. President Obama this week agreed only to send US 300 military advisers to help Baghdad.

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