US sending arms to Kurds in Iraq


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From the AP:
The Obama administration has begun directly providing weapons to Kurdish forces who have started to make gains against Islamic militants in northern Iraq, senior U.S. officials said Monday.

Previously, the U.S. had insisted on only selling arms to the Iraqi government in Baghdad, but the Kurdish peshmerga fighters had been losing ground to Islamic State militants in recent weeks.

The officials wouldn’t say which U.S. agency is providing the arms or what weapons are being sent, but one official said it isn’t the Pentagon. The CIA has historically done similar quiet arming operations.

The move to directly aid the Kurds underscores the level of U.S. concern about the Islamic State militants’ gains in the north, and reflects the persistent administration view that the Iraqis must take the necessary steps to solve their own security problems.

While I’m glad they are doing this, in as much as the Kurds seem to be the only ones willing to stand up to these ISIS monsters, I am actually curious to see what Turkey’s reaction will be to this.

For those who are unfamiliar, “Kurdistan” consists of a region that includes the northern part of Iraq, the northwestern part of Iran, and about the eastern third of Turkey. The Turks have always had problems with the Kurds, many of whom have wanted to secede from Turkey…for as long as I can think of.

So it will be interesting to see what happens here.


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The Kurdish people tried to become separate from Iraq the last “go round” and it seemed that the pressure came from Turkey to the U.S. and consequently to the Kurds that this was not acceptable to Turkey. Too bad it went that way because they had the best self government going in the whole area and have the desire to keep it all all costs. Maybe they will get another chance.


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Why do we need to give them weapons directly? That’s just the sort of escalation that created this mess in the first place. God only knows who ends up holding those weapons in a year. Most of the heavy weapons ISIS has came from US! (Since captured from the unbelievably incompetent Iraqi army). How about we give them radios to report ISIS heavy unit locations, then we verify with drones, then we strike them with air power?

The Kurds get help stopping ISIS, the total quantity of heavy weapons in the region goes DOWN for a change and we do it without American troops on the ground.


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