Australia delivers ammunition to Iraqi Kurds

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Associated Press

Posted on September 2, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 2 at 10:31 PM

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A military transport jet has made Australia's first delivery of ammunition to besieged Kurdish forces in northern Iraq before returning without incident to a United Arab Emirates base.

Australia announced Sunday it would join the United States, Britain, Canada, France and Italy in delivering rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and assault rifle ammunition at the request of the U.S. and Iraqi governments.

An Australian Defense Force statement said Wednesday that the C-17 Globemaster flew to Tirana in Albania over the weekend where it was loaded before delivering the ammunition to the Kurdish town of Irbil via Baghdad.

It landed back at al-Minhad Air Base near Dubai.

The statement says: "The aircraft's crew has confirmed that no shots were fired at the aircraft and that their mission was carried out without incident."

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