The Peshmerga, a military force of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), use MILAN anti-tank missiles donated by Germany for the war against ISIS to destroy military equipment belonging to the Iraqi military, according to Iraqi and Kurdish sources.
The usage of the MILAN missiles was reported in the village of Pirde.
According to the KRG, its forces destroyed an Abrams battle tank, an armoured vehicle and 12 Humvees belonging to the army.
On October 21, the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) released photos and a video of the destroyed equipment of government forces.
Footage shows American M1 Abrams at MGRS coordinates 38SME2076758246. More photos/videos expected of other US arms used against Peshmerga. pic.twitter.com/VppqScrp7X
— KR Security Council (@KRSCPress) 21 October 2017
The KRG and KRG-linked media rapidly reacted to the sitaution and started denying the usage of MILANs.
“A Peshmerga unit has denied using the German-donated MILAN anti-tank system when defending against a military offensive by Iraqi forces and the mainly Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi in Pirde (Altun Kupri). Kurdish and Iraqi forces have issued conflicting statements on Friday’s clashes.
While denying they had used weapons intended solely for the war against ISIS, the Peshmerga statement wondered about the use of American weapons and tanks against their forces by the Iraqi army and Hashd.
“We dismiss the accusation of using the MILAN weapon. However, it begs the question where the Hashd al-Shaabi militias got Abrams and T72 tanks, Humvees, and advanced weapons of the West and what entitles them to use them against the Kurdistani nation,” read a statement on Saturday from the Peshmerga that fought in Pirde,” an article of the pro-KRG media outlet Rudaw reads.
Photos released by the KRSC: