August 12, 2014

America Must Support Kurdistan Now

Dov Zakheim, The National Interest

The Associated Press

After years of stiff-arming urgent Kurdish requests for arms, President Obama—confronting the loss of the Mosul Dam to the forces of the self-styled Islamic State (IS) and the possible collapse of Erbil, the Kurdish capital—finally agreed to provide military support to the Peshmerga, the Kurdish defense forces. The Kurds certainly need the help. Tough fighters they might be, but in order to continue to hold off the forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham—or ISIS, as IS is commonly called—they urgently need to upgrade almost all of their vintage 1990 equipment.

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TAGGED: Islamic State Of Iraq And Syria, ISIS, Iraq, Kurdistan, Kurds

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