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Do Kurds Deserve More US Support?

By Namo Abdulla 17/12/2014
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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.

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KIM | 17/12/2014
Support for only independence! End the war!
Kurdistan above god | 17/12/2014
You either support shit fanatics, Sunni fanatics or Kurds.
Bakhtyar | 17/12/2014
Stephen Mansfield is a brilliant American with the sharpest mind regarding Kurds, I think this man alone added a lot of credit into the chance for Kurdistan's independence, his name and work should go into kurdish history and he deserve a special reward by KRG. warm regards for Stephen Mansfield from London Kurds.
Folk | 18/12/2014
Good talk! I enjoy it!
ناو | 18/12/2014
"deserve"? what has "deserve" to do with anything? what a stupid way of putting it, our leaders must make it happen, get your hands dirty.
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