Europe pledges help to northern Iraq

Aug 12, 2014 8:11 AM by Cheryl Wengren

LONDON (AP) - Europe is stepping up support for thousands fleeing advancing Islamic militant forces in northern Iraq, pledging more air drops, aid money and non-lethal equipment to ease suffering and bolster fighters battling the Sunni insurgency.

Britain and France dropped water, food and solar lamps to afflicted Yazidis sheltering on Mount Sinjar amid fears of a massive humanitarian catastrophe. Britain fast-tracked some 3 million pounds ($5 million) more to help aid groups in northern Iraq deal with the disaster.

France plans a second delivery of humanitarian aid in the next two days and was pressing to arm outgunned Kurdish fighters.

Germany said Tuesday it planned to send non-lethal equipment such as vehicles, night vision gear and bomb detectors, and said it might review its decision not to send arms.


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