The Czech Republic will send more ammunition to Baghdad and Erbil in the near future.
A delivery of ten million sub-machine gun cartridges and 5,000 hand grenades will be completed to the Iraqi government and Kurdistan Region, a second tranche of aid the government approved some time ago, Vladimir Lukovsky, from the press department of Czech Defence Ministry, told media on Tuesday.
The first cargo of the ammunition will be loaded in Czech airports in the presence of Deputy Defence Minister Jakub Landovsky on Wednesday.
The transport of the cartridges and grenades will be secured by the US and UK by November 24th.
“A part of the aid is destined for the Iraqi military and a part for the Kurdish armed forces,” Lukovsky said.
The first donation was delivered to Iraq with the help of the Canadian air force in September and December 2014. It consisted of eight million machine gun cartridges and 5,000 rockets for RPG7 bazookas.
The aid went directly to the Kurdish Regional Government in Erbil with the consent of the central Iraqi government. The total value of the aid is almost 41 million Czech crowns ($1.62 million).
“Aid to the Iraqi armed and security forces is one of the Czech Republic´s fundamental contributions to the struggle against Islamic State,” the ministry said.
Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky said last week the Czech Republic could send about 6,000 sub-machine guns and cartridges to the Peshmerga forces fighting Islamic State.