SULAIMANI – The US-led coalition provided ammunition and military equipment worth $1.01 million to the Peshmerga forces who guard the Kurdistan Region’s border territories, said the Iraqi Security Media Cell on Wednesday (June 16).
“This equipment is to support Iraq in its mission to defeat ISIS [Islamic State] terrorist gangs and is part of the Counter-ISIS Train and Equip Fund that has been implemented since 2014,” Iraqi Security Media Cell said in a tweet
The shipment of military supplies to the Peshmerga is second of its kind in two months. On May 10, the coalition delivered to
the Peshmerga financial support, weapons, ammunition, military vehicles, and other warfare supplies worth of more than three millions.
In March, Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) received military equipment, weaponry and vehicles worth of $5 million from the US-led Coalition.
The US-led Coalition Combined Joint Task Force –Operation in inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) was founded in 2014 when ISIS militants swept large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria. It helped the Iraqi and Kurdish forces to recapture the ISIS-held areas.
There has been an uptick in ISIS acts through armed attacks and planting explosive device in the disputed areas claimed by Erbil and Baghdad.
At least three Peshmerga were killed and two other were wounded in an attack launched by Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Kirkuk province early on May 1.
The Kurdistan Region officials have frequently blamed security vacuum between Kurdish and Iraqi forces, saying it had laid a favorable ground for shadow armed groups to launch terrorist attack.