KABUL: (Middle East Press) Bosnia has provided over 550 tons of additional weapons and ammunition to Iraq in the fight against the ISIL Takfiri group, the Balkan country’s defense minister says.
Zekerijah Osmic said Monday that the donation was made upon a request from Washington as part of Sarajevo’s involvement in the US-led military coalition’s so-called battle against the ISIL terrorists.
The supplies include arms and ammunition produced decades ago, when Bosnia belonged to the then Yugoslav Federation, Osmic added.
The donation is part of some 16,000 tons of weapons and ammunition left over from the 1992-95 inter-ethnic war between Bosnian Serbs backed by the Serbian army, Muslim Bosniaks and ethnic Croats. Bosnian authorities plan to either donate the extra arms to other nations by 2020 or destroy them.
According to the defense minister, the surplus arms, held in warehouses usually near human settlements, are becoming increasingly eroded and may pose a security risk for residents.
The announcement comes just over a week after Hungary said it plans to send soldiers to Iraq to join the US-led coalition. Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto said on March 10 that the country’s parliament could decide on the issue in mid-April and troops could arrive to Iraq in the second half of May.