Seven countries join US in arming Iraqi Kurds against ISIL

The US said operations will accelerate in the coming days with more nations also expected to contribute.

By: Press Trust of India | Washington | Published:August 27, 2014 12:27 pm
kurds-m Kurdish Peshmerga fighters stand guard during airstrikes targeting Islamic State militants at the Khazer checkpoint outside of the city of Irbil in northern Iraq. (Source:AP)

Seven countries, including Italy, France and the UK, have joined the American effort to arm the Kurdish forces in northern Iraq against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a terrorist outfit that has gained control of large parts of Syria and Iraq.

“In addition to support from the US and the central government of Iraq in Baghdad, seven additional nations – Albania, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Italy, France, and the United Kingdom  – have committed to helping provide Kurdish forces urgently needed arms and equipment,” US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

He said the United States appreciated the willingness of more and more of its allies and partners to support the Iraqi people in their fight against the Islamic State.

It was two weeks ago that commissioned a US-led working group to accelerate resupply efforts to the embattled Kurdish  forces in northern Iraq.

Hagel said operations have already begun and will accelerate in the coming days with more nations also expected to contribute.

“I’d like to thank each of these allies for working  alongside the United States military,” he said.

This multinational effort, which is being coordinated with the Government of Iraq in Baghdad, will greatly assist Kurdish forces in repelling the brutal terrorist threat they face from the Islamic State militants, he said.

“The determination of the Iraqi people and the  international community to counter the threat posed by ISIL is only growing, and the United States looks forward to working with our friends from around the world to assist this effort,” he said.

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  1. E
    Aug 27, 2014 at 11:53 am
    And it armed Israel which has turned it into the international monster it is today.
  2. E
    Aug 27, 2014 at 11:52 am
    Islamic State have no intention of attacking the Kurds again until they are fully tooled-up with nice shiny new weapons to shoot at sand with for the transnational media. Once the arms dumps are high enough to make it worth it the Peshi-girls will be running for their lives as u from Islamic State who will reap the harvest. It also gives IS time to obtain ground to air anti-aircraft missiles possibly from DPRK as all the 'illegal' dealers are controlled by Zion and wont sell them to them. Once they have these manpads then the airstrikes will be mitigated to a large extent.
  3. A
    Aug 27, 2014 at 11:59 pm
    USA and India will have to form a unwritten partnership to fight ISIL as this the most dangerous enemy, even more than Al Queda, than they have faced. Consider that at least 100 young men from India have joined ISIL. As you know it is so easy to target India from within. Middle East has large oil reserves on which India is very much dependent. We also need to protect our energy interests otherwise our economy will be in shambles in the face of high oil prices which we have seen in last five years.
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    Leo Frank
    Aug 27, 2014 at 8:46 am
    When will the United States learn? When wil it grow out of its closet? It armed the stani tribals to teeth and raised Taliban, which has now umed mosntrous proportions. It armed Arabs and Al Qaeda was created. It armed the rebels in Syria, who were later joined by teh Al Qaeda ranks and ISIS/ISIL got created. It seems as if the US knows only one thing best - creating troubles after trouble. At some point or other, it is India and only India who can take the lead in eliminating terrorism.