ISIS To Receive First Shipments Of US AT-4 Anti-Tank Weapons Next Week

Pentagon says US anti-armor weapons due in Iraq next week

WASHINGTON — An expedited shipment of 2,000 lightweight shoulder-fired weapons intended to help the Iraqi army stop the Islamic State group’s increasingly effective use of car bombs should arrive in Iraq as soon as next week, the Pentagon said Thursday.

The shipment is among a variety of weaponry and equipment the U.S. agreed to send to Iraq on an expedited basis after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visited Washington in April to plead for more help in fighting the extremists.

Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said the shipment of shoulder-fired AT-4 weapons was not in response to the fall of Ramadi over the weekend, although the militants’ effective use of enormous car bombs there put a spotlight on Iraqi army deficiencies and prompted the White House to consider ways of strengthening US support for Iraq.

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