Iraqi Kurds retake 2 towns from militants, helped by U.S. airstrikes

AP via CBS News

BAGHDAD – Kurdish forces retook two towns from Sunni militants Sunday a senior Kurdish military official said. The seizure of the towns was one of their first victories after weeks of retreating from the growing militant threat in Iraq.

The Kurds were helped by a fourth round of American airstrikes near Erbil intended to push armored vehicles used by the militant Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, (ISIS, also known as ISIL) CBS News correspondent Holly Williams reported.

The Kurdish peshmerga soldiers are the only ones still fighting ISIS on the ground and were able to push them out of the villages of Makhmour and al-Gweir, some 27 miles from Erbil, Brig. Gen. Shirko Fatih said…

…”We are not asking our friends to send their sons to fight on our behalf,” Barzani told The Associated Press in a brief interview. “What we are asking our friends is to provide us support and to cooperate with us in providing us with heavy weapons that we are able to fight this terrorist group.”…



The complete article, with video, is at CBS News.

Related: France looking at supplying Iraqi Kurds with arms

Paris (AFP) – France, in consultation with its EU partners, is looking at supplying arms to Iraq’s Kurds to fight against Islamic State jihadists, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Sunday.

“One way or another, they must receive, in a sure way, equipment that will allow them to defend themselves and to counterattack,” Fabius told France 2 television from Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdistan region in northern Iraq…





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Update: Krauthammer on Iraq: ‘Why in God’s name we don’t resupply our allies…is beyond me’ (video) (Headline corrected)

Charles Krauthammer said Friday on “Special Report with Bret Baier,” that it is “astonishing” to learn that the United States has not supplied the Kurds with weapons to hold back Islamic militants in Iraq.

“They’re essentially using javelins and harpoons here,” the syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor said, “against the ISIS army, which has captured tons of sophisticated American weapons.”…



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