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U.S. Plans to Arm Iraq's Sunni Tribesmen With AK-47s, RPGs, Mortars
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23 Nov 2014 09:39 AM EST

U.S. plans to arm Iraq's Sunni tribesmen with AK-47s, RPGs, mortars

According to a Pentagon document prepared for Congress, the United States plans to buy arms for Sunni tribesmen in Iraq including AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds to help bolster the battle against Islamic State militants in Anbar province. Using another acronym for the group which has seized control of large parts of Syrian and Iraq and is gaining territory in Anbar despite three months of U.S.-led air strikes, the document said, "Not arming tribal fighters will continue to leave anti-ISIL tribes reluctant to actively counter ISIL."