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Kurdistan

Kirkuk governor rejects report of Peshmerga selling German weapons

By Rudaw 22/1/2016
Kirkuk Governor Najmaldin Karim. Photo: Rudaw
Kirkuk Governor Najmaldin Karim. Photo: Rudaw

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The German media outlet DW reported on Friday that rifles and pistols provided to the Kurdish forces by the German government have been sold by the Peshmerga in the open market.

The article claims that G-3 rifles have been openly sold in gun markets in Erbil and Sulaimani.

It also quotes Kirkuk Governor Najmaldin Karim, as confirming the claim of Peshmerga selling their weapons due to economic hardship and unpaid salaries.

Speaking to Rudaw English however, the governor "categorically rejected" the DW report as false, saying that he never said anything to any reporter to the effect of Peshmerga selling their weapons.

He added that anytime asked about arms shipments he has invariably insisted that the Peshmerga needed more weapons in order to cope with the threat posed by the Islamic State (ISIS).

The investigation was conducted by two German broadcasters NDR and WDR who visited Kurdish gun markets and found German rifles on display. The report does not quote any Peshmerga or gun dealer saying they were selling new German weapons.

Germany has provided the Peshmerga with thousands of G-3 and G-36 rifles since August 2014 after the region was attacked by ISIS.

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bebegun | 22/1/2016
If these German reporters had bothered to come to Iraq before the ISIS war they could have found the same German made weapons on the Iraqi/Kurdish black marked, you could have bought them a decade ago. I'm not denying that one or two cases might have occurred but trying to make it look like this is some how widespread without any evidence is called propaganda not reporting.
kurroj | 22/1/2016
name of the journalists and their ethnicity???????
john Zaxoy | 22/1/2016
put it's been confirmed by German goverment. we are failing before becoming a state. what a joke.
franzmaximilian | 23/1/2016
Even if true this news would only confirm the desperate situation of Kurdistan and its Peshmergas. They are not paid since months as well as their brothers at home working for the Government. It's inevitable that soon or later someone will sell his weapon to feed his family or to pay for medicines. Western powers should assist Kurdistan financially, with fresh, real money, not only with weapons. You can't feed your kids with bullets...
A Kurd in exile | 23/1/2016
This is a very serious issue. The KRG should investigate this claim immediately. If the claim is false, prove it to the German Government that it is false. If true, punish the people responsible for the act immediately and make sure that it will not be repeated ever again. We the Kurds need help from outside world, especially Germany that,unlike other Western countries, has been gracious enough to provide us weapon directly. We cannot afford to lose such a valuable support.
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