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U.S. Begins Arms Delivery to Iraq; Elissa Smith Comments

PentagonThe U.S. government has begun to transport weapon systems to Iraq under a 2014 congressionally approved $1.6 billion fund, Reuters reported Friday.

Phil Stewart writes the delivery of rifles, machine guns, grenade launchers, mortars and protective gears under the Iraq Train and Equip Fund program kicked off two weeks ago.

Pentagon spokeswoman Commander Elissa Smith told Reuters the U.S. government plans to deploy additional arms in the future.

“This is the first of several planned unit equipment issues for the coming weeks, which will include Peshmerga units,” said Smith.

According to a 2014 Pentagon document, some 45,000 pieces of armor for Iraqi forces, 14,400 M4 rifles for Kurdish forces and 5,000 AK-47 assault rifles for Sunni soldiers are also scheduled for delivery, Stewart reports.

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