Obama Administration blocks attempts to fly heavy weapons to Kurds to fight the Islamic State

High level officials from Gulf and other states have told this newspaper that all attempts to persuade Mr Obama ofobama-golfing_2502316b[1] the need to arm the Kurds directly as part of more vigorous plans to take on Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) have failed. The Senate voted down one attempt by supporters of the Kurdish cause last month.