Friday, April 21, 2017

US approves nearly $300 million weapons deal to Kurdish Peshmerga

The US State Department has approved a sale of military equipment to the Peshmerga to an estimated cost of $295.6 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement that the weapons deal will be enough to fully outfit two Peshmerga light infantry brigades and two support artillery battalions.

Although the sale has not been finalized yet, some of the equipment the Peshmerga has requested including machine guns, armored vehicles, body armor, small arms, chemical weapon detection and protection equipment, medical equipment, MRAPs, and ambulances.
The sale would assist in the defeat of ISIS and would not “alter the basic military balance in the region.” The Kurdistan President, Barzani, said that the region will push for independence.