Peshmerga Yet To Receive Arms Supplies Provided By Canada
Peshmerga fighting Islamic State (ISIS) are yet to receive arms supplies that were to be provided by the Canadian government a year ago, reported Canadian media outlets.
The Ottawa Citizen reported on Monday (April 24) that it is yet unknown when the Kurdish Peshmerga will be outfitted with Canadian equipment and weapons.
The Canadian media outlet cited the Department of National Defense as saying “There is no standard, pre-determined timeline for a weapons acquisition of this complexity.”
“The Department of National Defense is working diligently, in coordination with other government departments and agencies, to facilitate this acquisition as quickly as possible,” it added.
Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan restated during a meeting with senior Kurdish officials in July last year that his government would support the KRG as the Peshmerga fight to defeat ISIS.
The shipment of weapons to the Peshmerga left Canada a year ago, but the Peshmerga have been unable to receive them as Baghdad has yet to approve the shipment and send it on to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).
The KRG has received millions of rounds of ammunition in addition to other military weapons and equipment from the U.S.-led Coalition forces since the beginning of the war against ISIS in the summer of 2014.
There are nearly 830 Canadian personnel based in Iraq and Kuwait, including dozens of Special Forces soldiers training Peshmerga forces fighting ISIS militants.