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Iran helped us by supplying arms, ammunition: Iraqi Kurd leader
August 26, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Civilians gather at the site of a car bomb in the commercial area of New Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday. A parked car bomb exploded on Tuesday in a busy area in eastern Baghdad, killing and wounding scores of people, officials said, the latest in a series of attacks to shake the Iraqi capital as the government struggles to dislodge extremist militants from areas in the country's west and north. Photo: AP/PTI

Arbil: Iran has supplied weapons and ammunition to Iraqi Kurdish forces, Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani said on Tuesday addressing a joint press conference with the Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Arbil, capital of Iraq's Kurdish region.

The direct arming of Kurdish forces is a contentious issue because some Iraqi politicians have said they suspect Kurdish leaders have aspirations to break away from the central government completely.
The move could also be seen by some as a prelude to Iran taking a more direct role in broader Iraqi conflict.

"We asked for weapons and Iran was the first country to provide us with weapons and ammunition," Barzani said.

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