US to ship more ammunition and arms to embattled Iraq

Last Updated: Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 06:11

Washington: The Pentagon says it will soon deliver to Iraq another installment of small arms and ammunition requested by Baghdad as it battles al-Qaida militants for control of Fallujah and other key cities in Anbar province.

A Pentagon spokesman said today that Iraq will be receiving the extra arms and ammunition "very shortly."

Army Col. Steve Warren declined to say whether Washington is considering using US troops to train Iraqi forces.

Another official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to discuss details of the latest arms shipment by name, said the material includes tank ammunition and Hellfire air-to-surface missiles.

The official said these do not go beyond the types of weaponry the US has already provided to Iraq.

PTI

First Published: Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 06:11

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