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Published: Thursday August 28, 2014 MYT 1:05:12 AM
Updated: Thursday August 28, 2014 MYT 1:06:23 AM

Czech government approves supply of ammunition to Kurdish forces - agency

PRAGUE (Reuters) - The Czech government approved supplying of ammunition to Kurdish forces in Iraq, a government spokesman said on Wednesday, in an apparent move to help them fight Islamic State insurgents who have overrun wide areas of northern Iraq.

The agency, without quoting its source, said the government agreed to supply ammunition for Kalashnikov assault rifles and machine guns, as well as hand grenades and ammunition for rocket-propelled grenades.

It said the ammunition, worth about $2 million, would be transported to Iraq by U.S. forces. On Wednesday, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Croatia, Canada and Albania had committed to providing "arms and equipment" to Kurdistan, a part of northern Iraq whose forces are allied with the central Baghdad government against Islamic State.

(Reporting by Jan Lopatka; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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