Cabinet wants to increase support for Kurds in Iraq

Cabinet wants to increase support for Kurds in Iraq

World November 19, 2015 20:00

- Netherlands wants to give more support to the Kurdish fighters (peshmerga) in northern Iraq IS in the fight against terror group. That said Bert Koenders, Minister of Foreign Affairs Thursday in the House. He will discuss the help of Germany.

How to support exactly will look like, the minister said no. So far the government is not providing arms and ammunition to the Kurds. However, material is given to detect roadside bombs and get peshmerga 's training of Dutch soldiers. Last year sent Netherlands thousand helmets and fragmentation vests to the peshmerga 's.

" We have to give more resources to peshmerga 's ", said Koenders. Earlier this year pleaded VVD, CDA, D66, Christian Union and SGP already for arms aid to the Kurds in northern Iraq. Germany has already supplied arms to the Kurdish forces. The Dutch air force has those weapons when flown.

Dutch fighter planes also bomb a year goals of IS in Iraq. In Syria, the F-16s will not be active because it is not effective, said Koenders. " only if it is effective we are going to do ", said the minister.

Even the moderate Syrian armed opposition will again support the Cabinet. Previously here 3 million earmarked. Among other went to food packages, medical kits, clothing and communication. That support was, according to Koenders " very successful ".

The government wants to re- allocate to these millions of armed groups in Syria. With the assistance necessary to prevent them falling further in the tribulation and that fighters eventually join terrorist organizations such as Islamic State and Al-Nusra Front.

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