LATEST UPDATE 24 AUGUST 2014 | While even Germany is now considering delivering weapons to Kurdish forces in Northern Iraq, the largest economy of Europe’s military force is for the time being continuing with its aid flights upon request of the European Air Transport Command (EATC) at Eindhoven Airbase, the Netherlands.
Berlin wants – like Italy, the United Kingdom and France – bolster the fighting power of the Kurdish forces so they can withstand the pressure of the Islamic State forces that have taken control of large parts of Syria and Iraq. With the Iraqi army retreated many western nations see the Kurdish militiamen as a stable alternative to govern the oil-rich northern part bordering with NATO member Turkey.
In the mean time aid flights bound for Erbil in Northern Iraq through Turkish Incirlik are continuing. The two Swedish TP 84s (C-130s) that left Örebro on Wednesday have landed in Turkey. Three German Air Force (Luftwaffe) C160 ESS Transall airlifters of Air Transport Wing 63 (Lufttransportgeschwader 63) based at Hohn left for Incirlik on 20 August as well, where a Antonov AN-124 (SALIS)large civilian airliner also made its way. Together with the Transalls about 100 tons of goods will be flown in. Four German C160s flew last week to Northern Iraq.
At least one other AN-124 flight is planned out of Sweden this week. The Royal Netherlands Air Force executed its second C-130H Hercules flight on 19 August 2014. A Polish Air Force C-130E from 3 Air Transport Wing took off from Warsaw airport on Sunday 17 August with 8 tons of blankets, mattresses, beds, field first aid and food packages to Erbil in Northern Iraq. It returned home the day after. The French Air Force has flown an Airbus A340 twice into the area, on 10 August and on 13 August.
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