Canada to send arms to Kurds in Iraq
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Canada to send arms to Kurds in Iraq

PM Harper says Ottawa will not stand by while Islamic State forces continue to murder innocent civilians, minorities

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters take position on the front line in Makhmur, some 50 kilometers south of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq where clashes with Islamic State (IS) militants are ongoing, on August 9, 2014 (photo credit: AFP/SAFIN HAMED)
Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters take position on the front line in Makhmur, some 50 kilometers south of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq where clashes with Islamic State (IS) militants are ongoing, on August 9, 2014 (photo credit: AFP/SAFIN HAMED)

OTTAWA, Ontario— Canada is committing two cargo planes to move military supplies into northern Iraq as part of the international effort to bolster Kurdish forces against Islamic militants.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Friday a CC-177 Globemaster and a CC-130J Hercules transport will shuttle arms provided by allies to the Iraqi city of Irbil over the next few days

The flights, crewed by some 30 Canadian Forces personnel, will continue as long as there is equipment and supplies to move.

The US and France are already sending weapons, while Britain has indicated it’s also prepared to help arm the Kurdish forces fighting militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or the Islamic State.

Harper says Canada will not stand by idly while IS continues to murder innocent civilians and religious minorities.

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