Middle East

Seven European states to arm Kurds in Iraq: US

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey leave after a media briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, August 21, 2014.REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

WASHINGTON: Seven European governments have pledged to provide weapons and ammunition to Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel said Tuesday.

"In addition to support from the US, and the central government of Iraq in Baghdad, seven additional nations -- Albania, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Italy, France, and the United Kingdom -- have committed to helping provide Kurdish forces urgently needed arms and equipment," Hagel said in a statement.





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