German military sends plane with weapons for Kurdish Peshmerga forces

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German military sends plane with weapons for Kurdish Peshmerga forces
Germany has sent its second shipment of military aid for Peshmerga troops in Iraq’s Kurdish region.
Germany made the decision to aid Kurdish fighters battling Islamic extremists in Iraq at the end of August.
The cargo, which includes G3 assault rifles, anti-tank rockets and military vehicles, was offloaded at Irbil International airport.
A spokesperson for the German military said all weaponry had been checked and was ready for immediate use.
Tuesday’s shipment is the second of three, which in total are expected to be enough to equip a brigade of four-thousand Peshmerga fighters.
In total, the shipments will include 8,000 G36 assault rifles and the same number of G3 rifles, as well as ammunition, 200 Panzerfaust 3 and 30 MILAN anti-tank systems and five heavily armoured Dingo infantry vehicles.
Germany is also sending some 40 paratroopers to help train Peshmerga troops to fight with the weapons.

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