BERLIN, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- Germany is prepared to supply weapons to the Kurds in northern Iraq, announced German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier jointly with German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday after a cabinet meeting in Berlin, German local media reported.
Germany will proceed with the military aid "with great moderation" and coordinate "very closely" with its European and international partners, Steinmeier said.
Von der Leyen said that the government was prepared to "provide weapons and ammunition to the fighters in northern Iraq to the best of our ability".
Now it will be examined within the next week which weapons could be delivered in a reasonable and responsible way. And the decision would be made in exactly one week, said the media report.
So far, in addition to humanitarian aid, the German government has supplied military equipments such as bullet-proof vests, helmets and night vision goggles or vans for the fight against the Islamic State (IS) militants.
UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday that it is launching one of its largest humanitarian aid pushes in response to the deteriorating situation in Iraq, aiming to help some half million people who had been forced to flee their homes.
"Barring last-minute delays, an air, road and sea operation is expected to begin tomorrow with a four-day airlift from Aqaba in Jordan to Erbil," UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said here at a daily news briefing. "This would be followed by road convoys from Turkey and Jordan, and sea and land shipments from Dubai via Iran over the next 10 days." Full Story
WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- U.S. military forces on Monday continued to attack forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), using a mix of fighter, bomber, and remotely piloted aircraft to successfully conduct 15 airstrikes near the Mosul Dam in north Iraq, the U.S. Central Command said.
"The strikes damaged or destroyed nine ISIL fighting positions; an ISIL checkpoint; six ISIL armed vehicles; an ISIL light armored vehicle; an ISIL vehicle-mounted anti-aircraft artillery gun, and an IED emplacement belt," it said in a statement.Full Story