French Weapons Shipment Arrives In Baghdad For Isis Fight
France has donated weapons to the Iraqi government to help in its fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a French official said on Friday (June 17).
The shipment of weapons arrived at Baghdad airport on Friday and was presented to Iraqi generals representing the Ministry of Defense.
"France is happy today to donate weapon[s] to Iraq to help in the fight against Daesh, which shows France's confidence in the Iraqi army," said Jean Francois Guillaume, Counselor of the French Embassy, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS.
The delivery comes as Iraqi forces recaptured the municipal building in Fallujah, 50 km (30 miles) west of Baghdad, from ISIS militants, nearly four weeks after the offensive to retake the city began, state television said on Friday.
Similarly, the French Consulate in Erbil confirmed in a statement on Thursday that the first delivery of weapons and material was received in the capital of the Kurdistan Region.
“By the agreement of the French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to Peshmerga during his visit to Kurdistan on April 11 and 12, France is sending weapons, material and equipment to the Iraqi government and the Peshmerga of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG),” the statement announced.
“The first delivery was received on June 14 in Erbil in the presence of the Ministry of Peshmerga,” the statement continued. “The delivery was made with the full coordination of the Iraqi government and Peshmerga and the second delivery will take place on June 17.”
The delivery included 89 mm rockets, hundreds of thousands of ammunition of different calibers, batches of grenades and a large number of night vision goggles, according to the statement.