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Iraq’s Kurds want U.S. help to
hold off Islamic State extremists

Washington Post, by Loveday Morris

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Posted By:mitzi, 7/25/2014 7:21:26 PM

Irbil, Iraq — Each day, Kurdish security forces­ in northern Iraq skirmish with fearsomely armed Islamic State militants along their new, nearly 650-mile border. The Kurds have held their own so far. But without new arms supplies or financial assistance, their fight is unsustainable, a senior Kurdish official said. Masrour Barzani, the Kurdistan Regional Government’s intelligence and security chief, described his forces as “overstretched.” In an interview this week, he called on the United States to provide direct military assistance to his semi­autonomous region, which he said has been left to fight the extremists unaided.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: dman, 7/25/2014 7:47:36 PM     (No. 9940341)

Unfortunately, don´t count on it with this group in the WH.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: KansasWind, 7/25/2014 7:58:40 PM     (No. 9940346)

They are joking, right?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: bkt23, 7/25/2014 8:07:03 PM     (No. 9940355)

Since when was there an "Islamic State"? Seems the WaPo and others are pushing a narrative that should not exist.

The Kurds are probably folks we should help; they were among the folks Hussein abused and we killed Hussein. But our gov´t probably won´t help them because it is comprised of duplicitous, evil people.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: 3XALADY, 7/25/2014 8:19:54 PM     (No. 9940369)

We should help them but we don´t have any money because it´s all being spent on bringing the wetback children to this country to sink us to a third world economy.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: MDMuskrat, 7/25/2014 8:22:51 PM     (No. 9940375)

Kurdistan and its peshmerga fighters are among the strongest US allies in that sorry region. I´d go so far as to say they are like the Israelis. In fact, the Kurds are also surrounded by enemies.

They could stop ISIS. But...

Neither the Obama administration nor Baghdad will help them. Read McGurk´s comments again to understand why. [Nationalism and homeland are dirty words anymore.]

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Reply 6 - Posted by: stablemoney, 7/25/2014 8:31:41 PM     (No. 9940388)

I don´t get how ISS can overrun everyone with few weapons and no funding, but people on our side just can´t do anything without billions, forever training, air support, and endless funding.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 7/25/2014 8:49:13 PM     (No. 9940409)

We feel your pain, but for once, We would like to save our own country. The American taxpayer is tired.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: mark34, 7/25/2014 9:12:50 PM     (No. 9940432)

The "Pottery Barn Rule" obligates us to help Iraq in its fight against ISIS.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell was prescient when he supposedly warned GWB, in private, against invading Iraq, citing the "Potery Barn Rule" (You break it, you own it). We broke Iraq by invading it, therefore we own it, so we must fix it when it´s broken as it is now due to the attack by ISIS.

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