Charles Krauthammer has been hammering this point for weeks – arm the Kurds, they’re running low on supplies, but they’re fierce fighters and US allies who want to fight ISIS. But the Obama administration only wanted to go through the dysfunctional Iraqi government.
Finally someone in the administration caught a clue.
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 officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the operation publicly.
According to Fox News, the US military is providing heavy weapons.
Patrick Poole, PJ Media: Middle East Meltdown: Here’s What’s Happening
On Sunday, Pope Francis said he held “dismay and disbelief” over what is happening in Iraq.
“The situation is going from bad to worse,” he warned.
Meanwhile, Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad said, “There is a need of international support and a professional, well-equipped army. The situation is going from bad to worse.”
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