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Czech missiles en route to Erbil as Kurds celebrate fresh war victories

21/12/2014
Soldiers in the Czech Republic load ammunition for delivery to Iraq’s Kurds last September. Photo: EPA.
Soldiers in the Czech Republic load ammunition for delivery to Iraq’s Kurds last September. Photo: EPA.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Czech Republic announced Sunday that 5,000 anti-tank missiles were on their way to the Kurdistan Region, just as Peshmerga forces consolidated a string of victories against Islamic State (ISIS) by recapturing Shingal.

Military officials in the Czech Republic, whose government agreed last September to aid the Kurds in the war against ISIS, said that a plane loaded with weapons was on its way from Prague to Erbil.

“The cargo plane contains 5,000 anti-tank missiles to help the Peshmerga forces in the fight against ISIS,” a Czech military official said.

Earlier this year, the Czech government approved the delivery of 10 million rounds of ammunition for Kalashnikov assault rifles, eight million rounds for machine guns, 5,000 for rocket-propelled grenades and 5,000 hand grenades for Kurdish fighters.

In a meeting last month, Kurdish representatives expressed interest in acquiring more helicopters and aircraft, according to Czech media reports.

The Kurds are fresh from victories this week over ISIS. Nearly 8,000 Peshmerga fighters launched their biggest operation against ISIS northwest of Iraq on Wednesday.

Peshmerga forces entered Shingal late Saturday after recapturing 2,700 square kilometers of territory from ISIS, military sources have said. 

Earlier Sunday, Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani spoke to reporters from Mount Shingal, saying Peshmerga have made history.

“The Peshmerga have made history here by recapturing this area in just 24 hours. I’m sure our martyrs are happy to see this day,” he said.

 

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rudawisstupid | 21/12/2014
They are not Kurdish fighters you fools! They are Kurdish forces! They are legal armed forces of the KRG!
Muraz Adzhoev | 21/12/2014
More and more members of the international community evidently have much preferred to establish direct political, economic, diplomatic and military relationships with the Kurdistan Region, certainly, so as to demonstrate their yet unofficial, but true readiness to recognize Southern Kurdistan as soon as it comes to be done officially within the framework of the UN legal procedure. Mr. President Massoud Mustafa Barzani, God bless you, the Peshmerga and the people of Southern Kurdistan on the shortest part of the way toward very long desired and undoubtedly deserved freedom and independence.
Kurdoz | 21/12/2014
Czech Republic thank you very much for this crucial support while our neighbours are sleeping & aiding the enemy, we have friends thousands miles away! I promise to visit soon and pay my honours for saving innocents lives just by being a human!!
Thank You | 21/12/2014
Czech's support and cooperation means plainly recognition of the nascent Kurdish State. Thank your good friends.
Sudad Zanganah | 21/12/2014
My friend Kurdoz has thanked you well and he promised to visit beautiful country of Czech Republic and I would like to thank him for kind words. However, I would like to say thank you people of Czech Republic also. It feels very good actually great to have friends like you, my promise is to respect you from bottom of my heart and thank you again.
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