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EU ministers back arming Iraqi Kurd fighters: diplomat

Kurdish peshmerga troops participate in an intensive security deployment against Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) militants on the frontline in Khazer August 14, 2014. (REUTERS/Azad Lashkari)

BRUSSELS: EU ministers agreed Friday to back the arming of beleaguered Iraqi Kurd fighters by key bloc member states, a diplomat told AFP.

"This is strong and sends the desired political message," the source said after foreign ministers from the 28-nation EU met for over three hours to achieve unanimous approval for the shipment of weapons to forces fighting Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) jihadists.

 

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