German Foreign Ministry Fears Arms in Iraq Could Be Used Not Only Against IS Militants

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German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has acknowledged the difficulty of the German government’s decision to supply weapons to Iraq and does not rule out that the weapons may be used against not only the extremists, German newspaper Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung reported.

BERLIN, September 1 (RIA Novosti) -German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has acknowledged the difficulty of the German government’s decision to supply weapons to Iraq and does not rule out that the weapons may be used against not only the extremists, German newspaper Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung reported.

Germany will supply military equipment to Iraq “only in the volume not sufficient to organize storages that later may be used in another confrontations,” Steinmeier was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

The German foreign Minister also did not rule out the creation of a Kurdish state, referring to this possibility as a dangerous one. He warned that the creation of an independent Kurdistan would result in the “reconsideration of existing borders” and a “new fight for borders and state territories.”

Earlier the German government announced it would supply almost $92 million worth of military equipment to Iraq to support Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State (IS) militants.

On Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to address the Bundestag and speak in favor of sending arms to Iraq. This decision is expected to be backed by the majority of the Bundestag’s members.

Since June, Iraq has seen a surge in violence as IS militants, who previously fought against the Syrian government, started seizing large parts of the country and declared itself a caliphate.

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