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Germany prepared to send weapons to Iraq's Kurds

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen (L) and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier give a press conference August 20, 2014 in Berlin. (AFP Photo/Odd Andersen)

BERLIN: Germany is prepared to send arms to Kurdish security forces in northern Iraq fighting Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) militants, Germany's foreign and defense ministers said Wednesday.

Military equipment such as helmets and security vests would be sent immediately, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said, adding that Berlin had agreed also to send weapons.

"We can imagine providing further equipment, including weapons. Great Britain, Italy and France have decided to send such goods and we are prepared to do so too," he told reporters.

"All these goods serve the purpose of helping put Kurdish security forces in a position where they can withstand ISIS attacks," he added.

 

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