Czech Con­sid­ers arms ship­ment to Pesh­merga

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

In a grow­ing list of Kurd sup­port­ers, re­ports this week in­di­cate the Iraqi pesh­merga may soon be get­ting fresh weapons ship­ment from the Czech Re­pub­lic.

Czech Min­is­ter of De­fense Martin Strop­nický told a State Se­cu­rity Coun­cil meet­ing Tues­day evening it was "very prob­a­ble" his county would be di­rectly send­ing light weapons like ma­chine guns and other arms to the Iraqi Kur­dish forces, Ra­dio Prague re­ported. This isn't the first time the Czech gov­ern­ment's sup­ported the mili­tia—hand grenades and am­mu­ni­tions do­na­tions have also been ap­proved in the past.

Pend­ing the de­liv­ery is Prague's dis­cus­sion with US of­fi­cials, Strop­nicky said, as the arms would be trans­ferred through Amer­i­can forces in Iraq.

This comes days af­ter the US ap­proved a weapons trans­fer of its own to Syr­ian Kurds fight­ing (ISIS) near the Turk­ish bor­der. As Rus­sia's pres­ence in Syria in­ten­si­fies and the US's train and equip pro­gram for Syr­ian rebels de­te­ri­o­rates, ramped up sup­port for Kur­dish forces in Iraq and Syria is com­ing with re­newed in­ter­est from Western pow­ers.

But Kur­dish par­ties are also com­ing out in fa­vor of Moscow's strikes—last week, Syr­ian Kur­dish mili­tia Peo­ple's Pro­tec­tion Unit (YPG) said it would welcome strikes against ISIS po­si­tions in Syria, while the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment in north­ern Iraq an­nounced this week it also wanted help from Moscow.

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