Russia Started Shipping Weapons to Kurds in Iraq

Russia delivered the first of five planned shipments of anti-aircraft weapons to Kurdish troops in northern Iraq. According to Russian experts, Moscow officially revealed this fact for the first time with the intention to change its Middle East policy and emphasize the importance of the Kurds in the region.

Kurdish-Peshmerga-002

Originally appeared at ruskarec, translated by A. Đurić exclusively for SouthFront

In Iraq arrived first shipment of Russian weapons to Kurdish volunteer movement “Peshmerga”, who fight against the “Islamic state” terrorist organization in the region. Senior officials of the Russian Foreign Ministry handed over anti-aircraft weapons ZU-23-2 (23 mm caliber) to the forces of resistance.

„Shipment of weapons arrived on March 14. It is intended for Peshmerga in Iraqi Kurdistan. At the handover of weapons was held with the presense of Ambassador and Consul General of Russia in Iraq, and Deputy Chief of Staff of “Peshmerga”, RIA Novosti quoted Artjomova Grigorjan, attaché of the Russian general consulate in the Iraqi city of Erbil.

According to him, the parties discuss the further delivery of the weapons. “After the handover of weapons Russian ambassador said that this is not the last delivery. He stressed that Russia hopes “Peshmerga” and the Iraqi armed forces will use this weapon to win against “Islamic state”, said the Russian attaché.

As he pointed out, the delivery of weapons to soldiers of Iraqi Kurdistan is in accordance with the official Baghdad.

The first time officially

“Russia has decided to change its Middle East policy and openly admits that. The intelligence services in Europe and the Middle East have long known of our cooperation with the Kurds. There’s nothing wicked in cooperation with the forces fighting against the “Islamic state”, said Fyodor Lukyanov, editor in chief of Russia in global politics.

As he stated, the move Russia made is making aware that there are a wide ties and interests in the Middle East. “Moscow also notes that today the Kurdish community becomes significant, noticeable and the active component of the Middle East process, which must be kept in mind”, said Lukyanov.

According to Vladimir Jevseyev, head of department for the study of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization at the Institute for the Study of the CIS, Russia has decided to openly announce the start of deliveries of weapons to Iraqi Kurds after the visit of Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin to Baghdad. On that occasion, the parties discussed, inter alia on the delivery of weapons to “Peshmerga” to combat terrorists of the “Islamic state”.

“It has long been known of weapons delivery to Iraqi Kurds. They receive arms from Russia, USA, Germany and Iran. The parties have agreements on supplying arms, i.e. they stipulate what is given to Kurds to fight “Islamic state”, and what is not”, said Yevseyev.

He said that guns are transported with the knowledge and approval of the leadership of Iraq. It’s not just anti-aircraft weapons, but also grenade launchers. “We do not send to the Kurds portable rocket systems and heavy weapons, which require additional training. It is entirely possible that we will begin to deliver them light armored vehicles, but no more than that “, added the expert.

U-23-2 is Soviet anti-air gun that consists of twin-barrel automatic cannon 23 mm caliber.

Rate of fire: 2,000 rounds per minute;

Mass: 950 kg;

Projectile Weigh: 190 grams;

Range: 1.500 m in height, 2.500 m in the distance.

Crew: Five fighters.

In the arsenal of the USSR from March 22, 1960.

Do you like this content? Consider helping us!

  • Zuzana Rehakova

    turks have to take cover in Leo-II, delivered by Merkel.

  • Scan

    A very strange move.
    Give weapons to scoundrel zionist Barzani?
    WTF?

    • I agree with you. Both the Kurds and Turks are Zionist agents in their own ways. And both sides are thugs in many ways. Kurds fought against their Syrian brothers many times before, and will again in the future.
      I would never turn my back to a Kurd, Turk or Jew. All three groups are Shemites anyway. They are all cousins.

      • Tomko Kubianca

        So all these pictorial PROVE that Kurds are Jews and Jews are evil? I don’t get it. Enlighten me.

        • You are making common logical fallacies. Where you miss quote people in an attempt to hide facts.
          If you know nothing about Zionist-supremacist, then it would take books to educate you on Mossad and Biblical prophecy.
          No one said Kurds are Jews. But Kurds and all Arabs are descendants of Shem. They are all Shemitic peoples.
          Kurds have been working with Mossad for many years. And Israel has given them political backing, and financial support as well as intelligence for decades.
          If you read the Jewish paper Jpost, then you would know that Israel states their aim is to develop minority groups in the middle east into their own nations, thus fracturing and further dividing and weakening the already nations in the middle east. And this the Jpost claims, is very good for Israel, as Israel plans further explanation as is stated in the Talmud.

          • Greg Schofield

            Brilliant none of this is from the Talmud. Perhaps you need to use the the Protocols of Zion as well. The perhaps some of those all so believable stories of poisoning wells and causing the Black Death. This looks like the makings of a smear campaign against South Front — the best military news available on the net daubed with complete and utter bollocks.

          • Greg Schofield

            Kurds are not Arabs, are you mad? They were originally from North East Iran, they are indoEurpean speakers, like French, English, Germans, Indians etc.,.

            You have a poster that shows a difference in ancestry from Khzar Judaism, but again they are descended from indo-european speakers like slavs, Norwegians, Italians, Greeks and lets not forget turks.

            So much nonsense so little knowledge.

        • Scan

          Tomko, I suggest you do not waste your time with such nonsense.
          When someone needs to quote Genesis (or any other part of the Bible) to “prove” something, it means that the level of discussion is really low. Just forget.
          Greetings.

      • Greg Schofield

        Kurds are indoEuropeans. Turks are also indoEuropeans. Jews who have descended from middle eastern people are semetic languguage group, along with Arabs, copts etc., none of these biological isolated groups along with everybody on earth we have propsenity for sex.

        You dont even get shemites right these people who have such origin and practse judiaism are hamites, sons of Ham not Shem.

        Idoits like you bring this site into disrupt, I daresay that is your purpose a typey of intervention that I suggest is likely to be paid for as you get so much systematically wrong and marks you out to a prentender. Racists are bad enough people posing as them are worse for what they do is calculated and is part of these agressive wars.

      • Greg Schofield

        Next show me a crayon picture that will prove everything — Noah’s ark on mount Ararat !!!!

    • Greg Schofield

      Nothing strange a very smart move it negates the US and makes an emergant Kurdistan likely Turkey has burnt all its bridges Syria and Iraq will acommodate.

      • Scan

        BS!
        You don’t know the differences between Syrian Kurds and Barzani Kurds, do you?

        • Greg Schofield

          A tribal division which has been used by Israel and and the US. Against this is Kurdish national identity? Is there really such a big difference or is it a small difference exploited all tribal societies vie against each other and it is standard imperial practise to favour one and win it over — the question is how much life is left in this type of imperialism, not whether there is a difference between groups which is also part of potential unity.

  • Tomko Kubianca

    I thought Kurds were muslims; now they’re Jews? So EVERY TIME something goes wrong it’s the JEWS? So suddenly Russia and Israel are allies? Enlighten Me!

    • Jews represent themselves. How better to judge a people, then by their own words and own actions and own laws. Hear what you yourself support.

  • curmudgeon

    If ISIL does not have an airforce, what use can they make of anti-aircraft weapons? Oh, I forgot, Turkey has an airforce!

    • ANti-aircraft guns are the guns mounted on the backs of all of those Trucks driving around.
      The AA-rounds fire a more straight trajectory, and thus are more effective at longer ranges of gun fights.