News for iPhoneNews for iPadNews for Android phoneNews for Android tabletNews for windows8News for MMSOnline ForumChina Daily E-paper (PDF)China DailySunday EditionUS EditionEuropean WeeklyHK Edition21st CenturyZhejiang Weekly PDFSubscribe中文USEUROPEAFRICAASIAHomeChinaRegionalWorldBusinessSportsLifeCulturePhotoVideoOpinionForumCartoonLanguageTipsWorld / US and CanadaAsia PacificUS & CanadaLatin AmericaEuropeAfricaMiddle EastHigh TableReporters JournalUS accelerates delivery of weapons to Iraq(Xinhua) Updated:2014-03-17 10:08Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallBAGHDAD – The United States continues to accelerate delivery of weapons and ammunition to Iraq, with nearly 100 Hellfire missiles and other armaments having been delivered this month, the US embassy in Baghdad said on Sunday.”Earlier this month, the United States delivered nearly 100 Hellfire missiles together with hundreds of thousands of rounds of ammunition and M4 rifles,” the embassy said in a statement.It said these deliveries addressed a critical assessment of needs conducted jointly by Iraq and US security experts, and were the latest in a series of deliveries bringing critical supplies to Iraq.”On the security side, it is essential that Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) are equipped with modern and effective weaponry given the serious threat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) now poses to Iraq and the region,” the US mission said.According to the statement, since mid-January, more than 11 million rounds of ammunition, thousands of machine guns, sniper rifles, M16s and M4 rifles, thousands of flares, grenades and other weapons have been delivered to the ISF.The embassy said the United States “looks forward to working closely with Iraqi leaders and military commanders to determine and address additional critical equipment needs over the coming weeks”.These deliveries came as Iraq is witnessing its worst violence in recent years. 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