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U.S. Ramps Up Military Aid for Islamic State Fight
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The Iraqi soldiers, Kurdish Peshmerga, and Sunni tribesmen battling the militants will get some of the weapons they've long asked for.

The Pentagon on Friday asked Congress to approve a $1.62 billion package of guns, ammunition, body armor, trucks, and medical kits to boost the capabilities of the Iraqi Army, Kurdish forces, and Sunni tribes in their fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

Details of weapons and other support material included in the Iraq train-and-equip package are part of the Obama administration's $5.6 billion overseas contingency operations fund to counter the Islamic State and were sent to Congress Thursday and posted on the Defense Department's comptroller's website.

Of the total, $1.24 billion will go toward equipping nine brigades of the Iraqi Army, which has been reduced to 10 divisions after at least four divisions melted away when the

Added: Nov-22-2014 
By: theshark
Tags: pentagon, us army, isis, isil, islamic state, kurdistan, isf
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