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Germany to send rifles, tank busters to aid Kurds

Kurdish Peshmerga forces monitor positions of Islamic State (IS) fighters during a battle to retake the eastern town of Jalawla, 130 kilometres (80 miles) northeast of Baghdad and only 30 (18 miles) from the border with Iran, on August 29, 2014. AFP PHOTO/JM LOPEZ

BERLIN: The German government says it will send high-end rifles, tank-busting weapons and armored vehicles to aid Kurdish fighters battling Islamic extremists in Iraq.

The Defense Ministry said Sunday that the arms, together with protective gear and communications equipment, are enough for 4,000 Kurdish Peshmerga fighters.

Three shipments will be made starting at the end of September, including 8,000 German-made G36 assault rifles and ammunition, 30 MILAN anti-tank systems, and five heavily armored Dingo infantry vehicles.

 

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