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Britain would 'favourably consider' arming Iraqi Kurds

An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter takes position behind sandbags on the front line in Khazer, west of Arbil, on August 14, 2014Britain would “favourably consider” arming Kurdish forces in their battle against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq, a spokesman for the prime minister’s office said on Thursday. “If a request from the Kurds did come in that would be something we’d favourably consider, we’d be open to that eventuality,” a Downing Street spokesman said. Until now, Britain has helped to transport military supplies donated by other states to the Kurdish forces but has resisted a more direct role. US President Barack Obama declared on Thursday that US air strikes had broken the siege of Mount Sinjar, but said they would continue against IS extremists if they threaten US personnel and facilities in the region.

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