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German Defense Minister discusses providing additional arms to combat anti terrorism in Iraq

German Defense Minister discusses providing additional arms to combat anti-terrorism in Iraq

Amid reports of the German plan to provide Iraq with military equipment and medical supplies in 2016, the German Defence Minister Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen had talks with senior Iraqi officials, including the President Fouad Ma'soum, Premier Haidar al-Ibadi, Parliament Speaker Saleem al-Jbouri and Defence Minister Khalid al-Obaidi.

The talks concentrated on military assistance and combating terrorism and means of stopping refugees' influx to Europe, political sources disclosed.

The German minister confirmed the cooperation between the governmental and Kurdish forces to create a state of confidence to defeat terrorism, according to official statement by the Iraqi defence ministry.

It is the third visit of the German defence minister, where it was reported her arrival in Arbil to have talks with Kurdish President Masoud Barzani today.

Germany provided the Iraqi forces, particularly the Peshmarga, with arms, including 1000 anti-tank rockets and 20.000 combat rifles.

Media reports said that the German army provided the Kurdish Peshmarga forces about 1800 tons of arms and military equipment. About 4700 Kurdish and Izidi fighters were trained by 95 German soldiers, who are already in the Kurdish region.

The German arms exports to hot areas stirred greater internal arguments which violated the strict rules adopted by the German government for the last 16 years.


Source: Iraq Tradelink News


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