Pentagon sending more small arms and tank ammunition to Iraq government

The Associated Press 0

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon says it will soon deliver to Iraq another installment of small arms and ammunition requested by Baghdad as it battles al-Qaida militants for control of Fallujah and other key cities in Anbar province.

A Pentagon spokesman said Friday that Iraq will be receiving the extra arms and ammunition “very shortly.” Army Col. Steve Warren declined to say whether Washington is considering using U.S. troops to train Iraqi forces.

Another official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss details of the latest arms shipment by name, said the material includes tank ammunition and Hellfire air-to-surface missiles. The official said these do not go beyond the types of weaponry the U.S. has already provided to Iraq.

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