2014-11-22T200331Z_1_LYNXNPEAAL07E_RTROPTP_2_MIDEAST-CRISIS-IRAQ

U.S. plans to arm Iraq's Sunni tribesmen with AK-47s, RPGs, mortars

Tribal fighters take part in a military training to prepare for fighting against Islamic State militants, in AnbarBy Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States plans to buy arms for Sunni tribesmen in Iraq including AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds to help bolster the battle against Islamic State militants in Anbar province, according to a Pentagon document prepared for Congress. The plan to spend $24.1 million represents a small fraction of the larger, $1.6 billion spending request to Congress focusing on training and arming Iraqi and Kurdish forces. …

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