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  • Egyptian officials have been vocal about their disappointment with U.S. policy, particularly after the Obama administration announced it would withhold part of an annual $1.3 billion aid package last month. The U.S. has also frozen delivery of military equipment including Apache helicopters, F-16 aircrafts, M1A1 Abrams tank parts and Harpoon missiles until it sees some progress on democratic reforms.


    July 21, 2016 - Marines with Company A, 4th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, assume their battle positions in M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tanks during their annual training at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., the day before their culminating event. The culminating event was comprised of both offensive and defensive operations against a notional adversary, where 4th Tank Bn. took the lead as the most heavily armored asset. During the event, the tanks formed screen lines, a stationary force that established a series of positions along a designated line to provide overlapping observation and lines of fire. (Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Gabrielle Quire)

  • The official said 28 Iraqi Army Abrams had been damaged in fighting with militants, five of them suffering full armour penetration when hit by ATGMs. The United States supplied 140 refurbished M1A1 Abrams tanks to Iraq between 2010 and 2012. While they have new equipment to improve situational awareness, they do not have the depleted uranium amour package that increases protection over the tank's frontal arc.


    July 19, 2016 - Marines with Company A, 4th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, fire a M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank during their annual training at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. Marines fired the tanks to adjust their battle sight zero before the main event of their annual training. (Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Gabrielle Quire)

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    It was reported that 28 Iraqi Army Abrams had been damaged in fighting with militants, five of them suffering full armor penetration when hit by ATGMs, in the period between 1 January and the end of May 2014; some were destroyed or damaged by militants placing explosive charges on or in the vehicles, highlighting the lack of adequate infantry support provided by Iraqi soldiers. In mid-2014, Iraqi Army Abrams tanks saw action when the launched the . Some Iraqi Army M1A1M tanks were destroyed in fighting against ISIL forces while an unknown number were captured intact. At least one ISIL-controlled M1A1M Abrams was reportedly used in the capture of the in early August 2014.[] The Abrams suffered its first heavy losses at the hands of ISIL fighters against Iraqi-operated tanks through planted explosives, anti-tank missiles like the , and captured tanks later being destroyed by . The chief cause of these losses was the poor training of Iraqi tank operators and lack of infantry coordination. About one-third of the 140 Abrams tanks delivered to the Iraqi Army had been captured by ISIL. By December 2014, the Iraqi Army only had about 40 operational Abrams left. That month, the approved the sale of another 175 Abrams to Iraq. The tanks may be fitted with additional protection features to defend against ISIL mine, roadside bomb, and other attacks including belly armor, , 360-degree night vision sensors, mine-clearing blades and rollers, and a wide-area spotlight-equipped . If approved by Congress and funded by the Iraqi government, the improvements could be made within 18 months. By late 2015, some Iraqi Abrams tanks that had been dropped off at repair facilities were re-equipped with Russian heavy machine guns firing Iranian-manufactured ammunition, which may violate sales agreements prohibiting material usage by Shiite militias and the unsanctioned addition of foreign weapons.

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Marines with Combined Arms Company fire an M1A1 Abrams tank during a field training exercise at Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria, Sept. 21, 2015. The Marines underwent several days in the field to prepare for multinational training exercises over the next few months.