Canada to deliver weapons to Kurdish forces in Iraq

Kurdish peshmerga troops participate in an intensive security deployment against Islamic State...

Kurdish peshmerga troops participate in an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants on the front line in Khazer August 14, 2014. (REUTERS/Azad Lashkari)

Giuseppe Valiante, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 4:57 PM ET

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Friday he will deploy about 30 soldiers and two cargo planes to help deliver weapons and other military supplies to Kurdish forces in Iraq.

A CC-130j Hercules and a CC-177 Globemaster will transport weapons from the U.S. and its allies to the Kurdish Peshmerga who are trying to fend off "the murderous rampage" of the terrorist group ISIS, Harper said in a statement released Friday.

"Canada will not stand idly by while (ISIS) continues its murder of innocent civilians and religious minorities," Harper said.

The two planes are stationed in Cyprus and a senior government source said Canada is waiting for the go-ahead from the U.S. to begin the airlifts.

None of the weapons will be paid for or will come from Canada, an official said.

Canada announced earlier this week that it planned to send food, hygiene kits, cooking materials, blankets, tents, and medical supplies to northern Iraq.


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