Kurds bringing their own guns to fight ISIS

Some Kurdish peshmerga soldiers use US-made guns they bought from private dealers in the battle for Mosul. Kurds often use AK-47s, which are reliable guns, but inferior to M-16s, and M-4s from the US. Other peshmerga soldiers receive German and American guns directly. Many soldiers are resentful that the Iraqi army receives many US weapons, whereas some peshmergas need to buy them on their own. And many of the guns sold by private dealers were themselves US-made guns left behind by the Iraqi army when they lost to ISIS in 2014. My last report from the Middle East – for now.


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