US arming Kurdish forces

By Patrick Schmidt.

Following recent gains of Kurdish security forces, in addition to a recent setback in Jalawla in northern Diyala, American officials have hinted that various government agencies have begun supplying Kurdistan with weapons to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

To date, America has mostly focused its attention on supporting the central government’s security forces, although ongoing US air strikes have limited ISIL’s attempt to establish a front targeting Erbil.

The move follows calls from the Kurdish President for the Americans to assist the “overstretched” Kurdish security forces.  It is believed that the American government is making progress on establishing an official arms supply program for the Kurds.

(Source: Rudaw English)

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