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    Canada Acquires Arms for Iraqi Kurds, Intends to Deliver Promptly

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    The Canadian Defense Ministry said that Canada has started the acquisition process for small arms and light support weapons for the Kurdish fighters in Iraq and intends to deliver the equipment as soon as possible.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Canada has started the acquisition process for small arms and light support weapons for the Kurdish fighters in Iraq and intends to deliver the equipment as soon as possible, the Canadian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

    "The acquisition of the equipment is underway," the statement said on Monday. "The intent remains to deliver the items as quickly as possible, in line with suppliers’ ability to provide the quantities sought."

    Canada will also provide the Kurdish Peshmerga forces with personal protective equipment, communications systems, medical supplies and optics, such as cameras, sights and scopes, according to the statement.

    The Defense Ministry noted that the exact time lines for the acquisition of the equipment remains unknown, but suppliers are preparing bids for the order.

    The Iraqi government signed a written approval for the delivery in December of 2016, the statement said.

    At present, the Canadian Foreign and Defense Ministries are refining administrative arrangements to make sure "adequate controls" are in place to regulate the use of the equipment.

    "Once signed by the government of Iraq and by the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq, these arrangements will provide Canada the assurances required to proceed with the contribution," the statement added.

    Canada is a member of the US-led coalition against the Islamic State and has provided significant capacity-building support for the Iraqi Security Forces and Kurdish Peshmerga troops.

    The Islamic State, also known as Daesh in Arabic, is outlawed in Russia and numerous other countries.

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    • avatar
      Mitach2002
      Turkey will blow a nut.
      The terrorist American government backed out in supporting the Kurds.
    • avatar
      siberianhuskyru
      according to theodore herzl/oded yinon plan, the previous step before greater israel is ensuring a county named kurdistan that gets parts from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey (divide and conquer). To give a realistic and reasonable view to this and for other multiple reasons, isis/daesh created by u.s & israel and only kurds has been armed against it and no one talked about the territories that they occupied, also media showed them as a 'hero' to give people good impression about them while hiding their crimes. so, they will have an argument for "they deserve a country". netanyahu supported this by saying 'I support kurdish independence' a while ago.
    • arpito
      Justin Trudeau is an inexperienced politician, almost brainless i would say, picked by the Liberal Party to win them an election based on his illustrious father. He is filled with liberal do good ideology without the slightest idea what he is doing or whom he is serving. I am ashamed of him as a Canadian. His father Pierre had vision ("just society"), strength to stand up to both the USA and the Quebec separatists. The son is an inept playboy turned zionist globalist yes man.
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