BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:12 P.M.) – The US State Department has approved a possible sale of military equipment to the Peshmerga to an estimated cost of $295.6 million, according to Rudaw.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement on Wednesday that the weapons deal will be enough to fully outfit two Peshmerga light infantry brigades and two support artillery battalions.
Although the sale has not been finalized yet, some of the equipment the Peshmerga has requested including machine guns, armored vehicles, body armor, small arms, chemical weapon detection and protection equipment, medical equipment, MRAPs, and ambulances.
The sale would assist in the defeat of ISIS, the statement said, adding it would not “alter the basic military balance in the region.”
The Kurdistan Regional Government’s President, Barzani, has said in recent times that the region will seek and push for independence.