Washington, D.C - Shortly after the Islamic State chose Erbil, the Iraqi Kurdish capital, as its next target in August, the United States could no longer remain on the standby: Through an intensive air campaign, it helped thwart the jihadist threat on Kurdistan, the most prosperous and stable region of Iraq.
But is the United States doing enough to help the Kurds, a largely pro-Western and secular group who comprise the world’s largest ethnic group with an independent state of their own?
“No,” answer senior Kurdish officials who have been paying regular visits to Washington since the crisis begun to demand more direct military and political support.
The US says it has so far refused to directly supply the Kurds with weapons, fearing that such a move would lead to the breakup of Iraq.
Should the US offer more direct support to Kurds?
To discuss this subject, I talk to two distinguished people:
Stephen Mansfield, a New York Times best-selling author whose most recent book is titled “the Miracle of the Kurds.”
Luke Coffey, a senior political expert on US foreign policy with the Heritage Foundation. Pervasively, He served as the special advisor to the former British Secretary of Defense.