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.