Kur­dish Pesh­merga ask Ger­many for more heavy weaponry

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Kur­dish Per­sh­merga have called on Ger­many to pro­vide them with more mil­i­tary as­sis­tance in their fight against "Is­lamic State" forces in Kur­dis­tan. Ger­many's De­fense Min­is­ter replied that she would con­sider the re­quest.

Ger­man De­fense Min­is­ter, Ur­sula von der Leyen, wrapped up her two-day visit to Kur­dis­tan by vis­it­ing a small con­tin­gent of Bun­deswehr sol­diers train­ing Pesh­merga fight­ers on some of the weapons al­ready de­liv­ered by Ger­many.

But a se­nior of­fi­cer among the Kur­dish fight­ers, Gen­eral Aziz Weisi, said that while they were thank­ful for the equip­ment and train­ing that Ger­many had so far pro­vided, this was noth­ing but a "drop in the ocean."

He said the Kur­dish fight­ers needed ar­mourpierc­ing weapons, dem­i­ning equip­ment, and am- mu­ni­tion.

"The Iraqi troops with their high-tech weapons are ad­van­taged," Gen­eral Weisi said. "We are us­ing only our de­ter­mi­na­tion and our brav­ery."

"If we don't con­tinue the fight against the IS then at­tacks like that in Paris will hap­pen on daily ba­sis any­where," he ar­gued.

So far, Ger­many has de­liv­ered equip­ment worth around 70 mil­lion Euros ($83 mil­lion) to the Kurds, enough to sup­ply 10,000 fight­ers. Cur­rently there are 12 Bun­deswehr train­ers in Kur­dis­tan, but this num­ber is set to in­crease to around 100 shortly.

The Ger­man De­fense Min­is­ter also showed readi­ness to send more hard­ware to the Kur­dish fight­ers.

"We have heard many wishes ex­pressed by the Pesh­merga and the Kurds," von der Leyen said, adding that it was im­por­tant to con­tinue to support the Kur­dish fight­ers "be­cause we know that the they are not only stand­ing up for their coun­try, but for all of us."

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