A member of the Kurdish Peshmerga force fires a dushka at Sulaiman Pek front-line in the northwest of Tikrit city August 31, 2014. (REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal)
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her government's taboo-breaking decision to send arms to Kurds fighting ISIS militants in Iraq, telling parliament Monday that the group posed a major security threat to Germany and Europe.A day after Berlin announced it would send anti-tank rockets, assault rifles and hand grenades to the Kurds, Merkel said Germany had a responsibility to intervene in the conflict to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe in Iraq, citing evidence of ethnic cleansing by ISIS fighters. Others worry that Germany, which has not experienced a major attack on its own soil, could become a target itself if it intervenes.But Merkel noted in her speech that over 400 Germans and hundreds of other Europeans had traveled to the region to join the fight alongside ISIS. These fighters could return home at any time, she said, and therefore already represented a direct threat to Germany.
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