Another German arms delivery, totaling 70 tons of weaponry, arrived on Saturday afternoon at Erbil airport, the website of the German army announced.
The transport Antonov AN-124 plane delivered the weapons last Saturday, stopping first in Baghdad before heading to Erbil.
The shipment includes weapons for training of the Peshmerga forces, delivered by the German army, MILAN rocket launchers and Panzerfaust 3. Moreover, Germany delivered three ambulances, two Dingo 1 transport vehicles, and vehicle spare parts. There was also additional aid equipment and tools on board.
The equipment was delivered on the basis that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) does not pass the arms and equipment to third parties, and only uses it for the intended purposes.
The German government does not want the weapons to end up in the hands of other groups, like the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The PKK has asked for more military support from Western countries and to remove their organization from the European terrorist list.
Germany has been delivering weapons, ammunition and equipment to the Peshmerga since September 2014. So far, 20 flights providing the Peshmerga forces with 1,500 tons of material have arrived in Erbil.
The German army also trains the Iraqi and Kurdish security forces in Iraq. On April 26, the Kurdistan Training Coordination Centre (KTCC) launched the next training course for 500 Peshmerga soldiers. The KTCC includes military trainers from Italy, Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany, and other European countries.