Iraqi officials want to sell five Boeing planes that have sat on a Jordanian runway since Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait in 1990, wire services reported Tuesday (October 5th).
Shortly after the August invasion, Saddam Hussein sent the five Iraqi Airways planes to Amman to protect them from a possible bombing of Baghdad airport.
Three Boeing 727s and two Boeing 707s have been parked on a tarmac at Jordan's Queen Alia International Airport and have not moved since 1990, said Aqeel Kawthar, a spokesman for Iraq's Transportation Ministry.
This past May, the Iraqi government decided to liquidate state-operated Iraqi Airways rather than pay more than $1 billion in war reparations to Kuwait. The sale of the planes could be used toward reparations, according to wire reports.