Kurdish Peshmerga ask Germany for more heavy weaponry
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."