The German Foreign Ministry on Friday urged the government of the autonomous region of Kurdistan to ensure that weapons supplied by Germany go well with Kurdish fighters against Islamic State Group (EI).
The regional public broadcasters WDR and NDR reported that stamped Bundeswehr weapons, such as G3 assault rifles and pistols, were on sale in markets in northern Iraq. According to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, these weapons could in particular have been sold by former peshmerga fighters who have well funded “their flight to Europe.” “We have requested the representative of the regional government (Iraqi Kurdistan) to come to the Foreign Ministry,” said Martin Schäfer, spokesman of the Ministry, told a regular government news conference. “We expect that the government of Kurdistan and the leaders among the Peshmerga work immediately and consistently about these accusations,” he has said, adding, “such practices if they are confirmed must cease immediately and totally.”
After a long and heated debate, Germany had finally decided in August 2014 to militarily equip Kurdish fighters so they can defend themselves against EI.
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