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Germany to send anti-tank weapons, rifles to Iraqi Kurds

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen gives a press statement on August 31, 2014 in BerlinGermany will send anti-tank rocket launchers, rifles and hand grenades to support Iraqi Kurds battling jihadist militants fighting for the Islamic State, the defence ministry announced Sunday. The move followed a meeting of ministers led by Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin to discuss what Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen described as an “extremely critical” situation in Iraq. Islamic State (IS) militants are acting with “merciless brutality”, she told a joint press conference with Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, adding the international community had to support the persecuted. The equipment, which will be delivered in three stages, will include 30 anti-tank missiles, 16,000 assault rifles, 8,000 pistols as well as portable anti-tank rocket launchers, the defence ministry said.

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