France to send weapons to Iraq

Aug 13, 2014 8:40 AM by Cheryl Wengren

PARIS (AP) - France says it's sending arms to Kurdish forces in Iraq because the Kurds are in "urgent need" of support against radicals of the Islamic State group.

The French presidency says the arms shipment will be delivered "in the coming hours" and that authorities in Baghdad are in agreement.

Meanwhile, Australia's prime minister says he's holding open the possibility of sending a combat force to Iraq in addition to military transport aircraft that would deliver humanitarian aid to refugees trapped by insurgents in Iraq's northern mountains.

The U.S. already has sent another 130 troops to Iraq to act as "advisers."

The Pentagon says they're not combat troops, but they'll be assessing the scope of the humanitarian crisis facing Iraqi minorities threatened by the militant group Islamic State.


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