US Approves $295.6 Million Military Equipment Sale To Iraqi Peshmerga Forces

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US Approves $295.6 Million Military Equipment Sale To Iraqi Peshmerga Forces

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On April 19, the US Department of State approved the sale of $295.6 million worth of military equipment for Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces.

The equipment will fully outfit “two Peshmerga infantry brigades and two support artillery battalions,” according to a statement appeared at the Defense Security Cooperation Agency’s website.

“These artillery battalions and infantry brigades will operate under the Kurdistan Regional Governments Ministry of Peshmerga (KRG MOP) with the concurrence of the central government. Requested equipment includes the following: (4,400) M16A4 rifles; (46) M2 50 caliber machine guns; (186) M240B machine guns; (36) M1151 HMMWVs; (77) M1151 up-armored HMMWVs; (12) 3 Kilowatt Tactical Quiet Generator sets; body armor, helmets, and other Organization Clothing and Individual Equipment (OCIE); small arms and associated accessories including tripods, cleaning kits, magazines, and mounts; mortar systems and associated equipment; Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) detection and protective equipment; dismounted and mounted radio systems; commercial navigation equipment including compasses, binoculars, and Geospatial Position System (GPS) limited to the Standard Positioning System (SPS); M1142 HMMWVs; medical equipment; Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles (MRAP); cargo and transportation equipment, including light tactical vehicles, medium tactical vehicles, water trucks, fuel trucks, and ambulances; (36) refurbished M119A2 105mm howitzers; spare parts, training and associated equipment related to the mentioned vehicles and artillery systems. The total estimated program cost is $295.6 million,” the statement reads.

The statement added that “This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States.” In other words, the United States sees the Kurdish autonomy as a tool of their foreign policy in Iraq.

It’s interesting to note that Peshmerga forces have not been involved in the storm of the main Iraqi ISIS stronghold of Mosul. So, all military equipment received by Kurdish forces will be used in order to strengthen the autonomy’s independence from the Baghdad government.

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  • Joe Doe

    Looks like the americans will only providing small arms. I still believe the americans will backstab the Kurds at the end

  • BL

    After Mosul the Iraqi government must put an end to the treason and selling out that is happening in the Kurdish autonomous region of Iraq. The axis of resistance must not allow another illegitimate American colony in the region.

  • MeMadMax

    Soooo…

    Whos funding these guys?

    • Ted

      I am. Not real happy about it, but ya, I am. After all this is what my country was founded on, being over taxed so some jack ass you did not vote for could arm some foreigners to kill other foreigners in country I could give less than two shits about!

    • Nexusfast123

      US taxpayers (sheeple)….in the absence of other information.

  • Peter Moy

    I wonder what the reaction of the Sultan in Turkey will be. After winning the recent constitutional referendum, he will now focus more on the Kurdish opposition. Of course the NATO lapdogs and worms are as quiet as a church mouse.

  • Nexusfast123

    They are actually going to pay…i would have thought the US taxpayer tab would be picking up the tab. They always do.

  • frankly

    Imagine the out cry if Russia armed black lives matter or gave TOWs to the Californians wanting to secede from the US? So probably use heroin profits to finance so indirectly US paying. True revolutionary act: Get free of addiction, quit financing violence. Send the money you save to the Syrians, they actually fight terrorism!