Middle East

Czech government approves supply of ammunition to Kurdish forces: agency

Kurdish Peshmerga forces stand guard at the Bakirta frontline near the town of Makhmur, south of Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan August 27, 2014. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal

PRAGUE: The Czech government approved supplying of ammunition to Kurdish forces in Iraq, a government spokesman said on Wednesday, in an apparent move to help them fight Islamic State insurgents who have overrun wide areas of northern Iraq.

The agency, without quoting its source, said the government agreed to supply ammunition for Kalashnikov assault rifles and machine guns, as well as hand grenades and ammunition for rocket-propelled grenades.

It said the ammunition, worth about $2 million, would be transported to Iraq by U.S. forces. On Wednesday, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Croatia, Canada and Albania had committed to providing "arms and equipment" to Kurdistan, a part of northern Iraq whose forces are allied with the central Baghdad government against Islamic State.





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