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Kurdistan

Italy adds military muscle for ISIS fight

By Rudaw 11/2/2015
Italian defense chief has promised to provide Kurdistan's first-ever military helicopter
Italian defense chief has promised to provide Kurdistan's first-ever military helicopter
ERBIL, Kurdistan - Italy’s top defense official has promised his country will provide arms, ammunition and advanced weaponry to the Kurdistan Region in its ongoing fight against the Islamic State..

Defense chief Luigi Binelli Manetelli made the announcement, which also included Kurdistan’s first-ever military helicopter, in Erbil on Wednesday before visiting Peshmarga camps where more than 50 Italian trainers have been stationed. Manetelli is also expected to meet KRG Peshmarga minister, Mustrafa Said Qdir.

Italy, a member of the US-led coalition against ISIS, has also decided to send another 300 military trainers to Kurdistan along with more than 100 machine guns and an undisclosed amount of anti-tank missiles.

The promised helicopter will reportedly be used for logistical and medical support on the frontlines

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Michael | 11/2/2015
First Germany with MILAN weapons, now Italy with first-ever military helicopter. I am very sure when Kurdistan becomes a country, some country will sell Kurds war planes. So they could not mess with Kurds when they had light weapons, who oculd mess with Kurds in future with a united military and its own air defence.
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M Gonzales | 11/2/2015
THANK YOU ITALY!!! With Italy giving Iraqi Kurdistan it's first Military helicopter, they are breaking the taboo on not giving you Kurds Helicopters, Jets or Tanks. Hopefully other nations will follow suit now and start to give ya'll more Helicopters followed by Tanks and one day Jets.
Rafi | 11/2/2015
Italy, thank you very much. Your a true friend for putting humanity before politics. Quite frankly, I find it insulting Obama won't arm the Kurds because of his political agenda.
Sudad Zanganah | 11/2/2015
Many thanks Defense chief Manetelli and welcome to Kurdistan. I would like to thank Italian people also. I believe we should deal with Countries like Italy not USA.
Domluce | 11/2/2015
American policy regarding Iraq and Isis seem to be muddle with no insight to the problem in Iraq. First they wants to defeat Isis but will not provide the mean to do so. They wanted a united Iraq but that will only cause future problems and will incubate future terrorists. The country will never be united with the sectarianism, hatre, killing, suspicion of one another motive and so on. Even with the danger of being overrun by Isis the Shite government refused to forward the supplies of American weapon to the Kurd who are the only effective force in combatting Isis for fear of the Kurd being too powerful . It is better that the country breaks up into three countries. Even then I can foresee trouble ahead. They will be fighting for more lands. The Kurd will be wanting back the land thatSaddam took for the Arab in Arabisasian. The Sunni and the shite will object. The Sunni and shite will be the same fighting over land and viewing one another with suspicion. What a fuck up country they are. No hope for them. Also shite Iraq will stand with Iran no matter what. That is no brainier. Is american worried that that will happen. Of course it will. No matter what American decided it is a no win situation. But to get rid of the Cancer Isis do whatever you have to. Arm the Kurd now. Without American boots on the ground that is the only way and bugger Iraq shite and Sunni.
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