The Iraqi Air Force's 70th Squadron took possession of the first two American-made SAMA CH2000 light air surveillance aircraft, Jan. 17, 2005, in Basrah. The Iraqi Air Force was scheduled to receive two CH2000 airplanes per month - with final deliveries completing the $5.8 million acquisition in the spring of 2005.
The Comp Air 7SL, operated by 70sq, was withdrawn from use in late 2007. The 70sq moved from Basrah to Talil in the October 2010.
The Iraqi Air Force activated a new squadron 23 November 2010 at Tallil Air Base near Nasiriyah. The 70th Iraqi Air Force Squadron was training in partnership with the U.S. Air Force 321st Air Expeditionary Wing. Lieutenant General Babeker Zebari, the Chief of Staff of the Iraqi Army, said the new squadron was the first step towards transitioning control of the base from USF-I to ISF.
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