Iraqi Air Force F-16s Target ISIS, Salah Al Din Province 09/23

This footage depicts F-16s of the Iraqi 9th Fighter Squadron as they bomb IS targets in the Salah Al Din province, North of Baghdad. 30 seconds in, we begin seeing bombs strike the IS hideouts.


Although the phrase "Iraqi Air Force" may conjur old MIGs and Dassault Mirages, Iraq purchased F-16s in 2009 and saw them delivered in 2014. This makes Iraq the 28th country to field the F-16. As of May 2023, Iraq was estimated to have 34 F-16s in their inventory, which includes the C, D, and IQ models.

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Cole Simms is an Air Guardsman, NASA enthusiast, police officer, and security contractor with particular experience in austere environments. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Stop The Bleed instructor for area schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and blends his knowledge and experience to write analysis for Funker530.


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This footage depicts F-16s of the Iraqi 9th Fighter Squadron as they bomb IS targets in the Salah Al Din province, North of Baghdad. 30 seconds in, we begin seeing bombs strike the IS hideouts.


Although the phrase "Iraqi Air Force" may conjur old MIGs and Dassault Mirages, Iraq purchased F-16s in 2009 and saw them delivered in 2014. This makes Iraq the 28th country to field the F-16. As of May 2023, Iraq was estimated to have 34 F-16s in their inventory, which includes the C, D, and IQ models.

About the Author

Author's Photo

Cole Simms

Cole Simms is an Air Guardsman, NASA enthusiast, police officer, and security contractor with particular experience in austere environments. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Stop The Bleed instructor for area schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and blends his knowledge and experience to write analysis for Funker530.


Need a tried-and-tested fixed blade that's trusted by police, military and protective service users all over the world? Cole recommends Ironside Edge Works for your tactical or EDC blade needs.

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