US Republican officials back direct weapons to Iraqi Kurds
The U.S. Republican Party Candidate for 2016 elections, Rand Paul, expressed its support to Washington’s sending direct weapons to the Kurdish region in the north of Iraq without any supervision from Baghdad.

He said the U.S. should arms Kurdish Peshmerga fighters who are taking the fight to the Islamic State (IS) on the ground.

“I would take a lot of the equipments that’s rotting in Afghanistan, and I would give it to the Kurds,” he told CBS, adding that the central government in Baghdad cannot win the war against the jihadist group without including Sunnis in the war.

He also said he would like to see Turkish troops on the border helping with the fight.

Meanwhile a Republican deputy in Congress Tulsi Gabbard told CNN that the U.S. need to arm the Kurds to assist in fighting the terrorist group because the IS continues to grow.

“You have the solution. You’ve got the Kurds and Sunni tribesmen who are literally begging – I met a Sunni tribal leader in Washington, they are begging for arms, heavy weapons, ammunition, to be able to fight against IS to protect their families and tribal lands and their territories, but still to this point, both the U.S. and the central government is failing to provide that, and therefore IS continues to be able to grow.”

News Code: 10486  |  Date: 2015/05/28  |  Time: 14 : 52

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