Hammond Says UK Would Consider Arming Kurds

London, August 15 (QNA) – The UK would “consider favourably” any request for arms from the Kurds in their battle with extremists in Iraq, the foreign secretary has confirmed.

Philip Hammond was quoted by the BBC as describing militant group Islamic State (IS), which is fighting the Kurds and has seized large parts of northern Iraq, as a “terrible threat”.

Downing Street said no request for UK arms had been received from Kurdish forces.

The issue is the subject of a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels.

France and the US have already supplied arms to the Iraqi Kurds.(QNA)

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