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US delivers missiles, ammunition to Iraq: statement

Published on Mar 17, 2014 12:11 AM
 

BAGHDAD (AFP) - The United States delivered nearly 100 Hellfire missiles, M4 rifles and hundreds of thousands of rounds of ammunition to Iraq this month, the US embassy in Baghdad said on Sunday.

The delivery is part of US efforts to help Iraq combat Sunni militant groups, including the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, amid ongoing instability in Sunni Arab areas, particularly western Anbar province where militants have held an entire city for more than two months.

"Earlier this month, the United States delivered nearly 100 Hellfire missiles together with hundreds of thousands of rounds of ammunition and M4 rifles," the embassy said in a statement.

"It is essential that Iraqi security forces are equipped with modern and effective weaponry given the serious threat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant now poses to Iraq and the region," it said.

 
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