The British Defence Secretary has announced the donation of further supplies to the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga, building on the 50 tonnes of military equipment already gifted since the outbreak of the conflict with Islamic State (IS).
In a 22nd June written statement Defence Secretary Michael Fallon outlined the contents of the latest shipment.
“The latest equipment to be gifted to the Peshmerga consists of additional medical supplies. The supplies will consist of items such as tourniquets, bandage kits and dressings for wounds and will fill a significant gap in their resources, leading to the preservation of life and proper treatment of injuries sustained in combat.”
The cost of the equipment is put at £600,000 (around $1m), which is subject to change according to the needs of the Peshmerga.
Alongside non-lethal military equipment, the UK has previous donated 40 heavy machine guns, nearly half a million rounds of ammunition and 1,000 IED detectors.
The UK has taken a leading role in the coalition against IS, delivering 300 tonnes of ammunition and weapons to the Kurdistan Region on behalf of other countries.
British aircraft are being used in reconnaissance and bombing operations in the skies above Iraq.