US to arms Iraqi Kurds to fight ISIL rebels -UPDATED

US officials speaking anonymously said the Obama administration is planning to send weapons to the autonomous Kurdish Regional Government in northern Iraq.

US to arms Iraqi Kurds to fight ISIL rebels -UPDATED

World Bulletin / News Desk

Senior US officials have said that the US government is directly providing weapons to Kurdish peshmerga forces in the fight against the self-styled Islamic Stae of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) rebel group in Iraq.

Although the US government usually only engages with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's central Iraqi government in Baghdad, the pressing situation in northern Iraq has left the autonomous Kurdish Regional Government in a stand-off with ISIL rebels.

Maliki's weakened Shi'ite-dominated Iraqi government forces currently seems unable to defend its territories in the north, ever since local Sunni Arab tribes pledged allegiance to the ISIL and conquered the city of Mosul on June 10.

Association Press reported the officials, who spoke anonymously due to being unauthorized, said that the Obama administration is close to approving plans for the Pentagon to arm the Kurds, as ISIL rebels continue to besiege the Kurdish capital Erbil.

Meanwhile, ISIL militants captured the town of Jalawla northeast of Baghdad at dawn on Monday after weeks of clashes with Kurdish fighters, police said.

The seizure of Jalawla, 115 km (70 miles) from the Iraqi capital, came a day after a bomber killed 10 Kurdish fighters there. The militants also took control of two nearby villages.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Ağustos 2014, 12:07