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Multinational Command Supplies Iraqi Security Forces

American Forces Press Service

BAGHDAD, Iraq, Nov. 1, 2004 – Iraqi security forces continue to receive large shipments of weapons and materiel from the Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq, U.S. military officials said today.

Munitions delivered in October included more than 12,000 AK-47 rifles; more than 4 million 9 mm pistol rounds; 25 Walther 9 mm pistols; 22,637 9 mm Glock pistols; 2,001 Berretta 9 mm pistols; about 4,500 9 mm pistols of other various brands; 60 Soviet- made PKM machine guns; 594 RPK Soviet light machine guns, 322,000 shotgun shells; roughly 12 million AK-47 rounds; and 5,248 grenades, including 4,000 smoke grenades.

Other military materiel included nearly 12,000 sets of body armor; 265 vehicles, including heavy trucks; 41,000 pairs of desert boots; 110 aircrew life vests; almost 3,000 handheld radios; more than 6,350 Kevlar helmets; 18 ambulances; 21,000 sets of desert uniforms; 17,000 pairs of running shoes; 460 sleeping bags; and four pallets of medical equipment.

All equipment either has been issued to Iraqi army, Iraqi National Guard, or Iraqi police forces or delivered throughout the country for distribution to personnel, a U.S. military spokesman said.

The Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq was established to help the Iraqi government train, mentor and equip Iraq's security forces.

(From a Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq news release.)

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