US delivers Hellfire missiles, ammunition to Iraq

Last Updated: Sunday, March 16, 2014 - 23:14

Baghdad: The US embassy to Iraq says that the United States has delivered 100 Hellfire missiles, along with assault rifles and ammunition as part of its anti-terrorism assistance to the country.
In a statement issued on Sunday, the US embassy said the delivery was made earlier this month in order to help bolster Iraq forces fighting a breakaway al-Qaida group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

The statement promised to send more weapons to Iraq in the coming weeks.

Since late December, Iraq`s western cities have seen fierce clashes pitting government security forces and their allies from tribal Sunni militias against al-Qaeda-linked militants and other insurgent groups.

The insurgents hold the city of Fallujah and parts of the Anbar provincial capital, Ramadi.

PTI

First Published: Sunday, March 16, 2014 - 23:14

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