Berlin—Germany will continue to arm and train the Kurdish Peshmerga.

The German Defense Ministry announced its intent to restart the weapons program.  The program was unexpectedly halted last week over Iraqi-Kurdish tensions in Kirkuk following the Kurdish Referendum.

Iraqi officials claimed that German-provided MILAN anti-tank missiles destroyed two Iraqi M1 Abrams.

“We had agreed last Friday with the foreign office to pause the training so no wrong signal would be sent,” said German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen.