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US delivers Hellfire missiles, ammunition to Iraq

BAGHDAD - The United States delivered 100 Hellfire missiles, along with assault rifles and ammunition to Iraq as part of its anti-terrorism assistance to the country, the US embassy to Iraq said on Sunday.

 

In a statement, it said the delivery was made earlier this month in order to help bolster Iraq forces fighting a breakaway al-Qaeda group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

 

"It is essential that Iraqi Security Forces are equipped with modern and effective weaponry given the serious threat... the ISIL now poses to Iraq and the region," said the statement, which also promised to send more weapons to Iraq in the coming weeks. (AP)