UK TO SEND MA­CHINE GUNS AND MU­NI­TIONS TO IRAQ

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The UK Min­istry of De­fence has agreed to sup­ply heavy ma­chine guns and half a mil­lion rounds of am­mu­ni­tion to Kur­dish forces bat­tling the Is­lamic State (IS) in­sur­gents in north­ern Iraq. The ur­gent mil­i­tary support was re­quested by the Iraqi Gov­ern­ment to pro­vide the Kur­dish Pesh­merga forces with ad­di­tional fire­power to de­fend the front­line, pro­tect civil­ians and push back IS ad­vances. UK De­fence Sec­re­tary Michael Fal­lon said: “We have al­ready pro­vided body ar­mour and other pro­tec­tive equip­ment, as well as am­mu­ni­tion from our part­ners; th­ese weapons will help the Kur­dish forces in tak­ing the fight to th­ese bar­baric ter­ror­ists. Th­ese weapons will help the Kur­dish forces in tak­ing the fight to th­ese bar­baric ter­ror­ists.”

In a writ­ten state­ment to the Par­lia­ment, Fal­lon said the equip­ment was worth ap­prox­i­mately £1.6 mil­lion and the MoD would bear an es­ti­mated £4,75,000 in trans­port costs. UK air­craft are al­ready trans­port­ing mil­i­tary equip­ment and am­mu­ni­tion to Er­bil on be­half of al­lies, while also de­liv­er­ing UK non-lethal mil­i­tary equip­ment such as body ar­mour, hel­mets and ra­tion packs. In ad­di­tion, the Royal Air Force C-130 Her­cules air­craft made sev­eral air­drops of UK aid com­pris­ing wa­ter con­tain­ers, so­lar lamps and shel­ter kits, to refugees flee­ing IS mil­i­tants over Mount Sin­jar in North­ern Iraq. Mean­while, Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron re­port­edly told that MPs will have a vote on whether the coun­try is to join the US in fur­ther mil­i­tary ac­tion against the ter­ror­ists, who have cap­tured a num­ber of ci­ties in North­ern Iraq since June 2014.

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