At the end of August this year, the Czech government made a decision to donate their surplus army ammunition and hand grenades to Iraq to help the Kurds in their conflict with the Islamic State militants.

The gift to the Armed Forces of Iraqi Kurdistan was transported by the Royal Canadian Air Force military transport aircraft, the C-17 Globemaster III, and the delivery was accomplished in four round trips, with the last flight completed this week.

“In this phase, we dispatched machine-gun cartridges to Iraq which they urgently need for their fight against the Islamist militias in the north. The shipment procedure went off without a hitch, mainly because of the cooperation between two highly professional teams, the Czech and Canadian units,” Brigadier General Vladimir Halenka, Director of the Support Division of the MoD, said last week during the first flight from Pardubice airport.

In total, 500 tons of ammunition was delivered to Iraq, including cartridges for rifles, anti-armour weapons and hand grenades.