Ash Carter

US defense chief meets with Kurds in Iraq to build strategy against Isis

Defense secretary Ash Carter held talks on Friday with Iraqi Kurdish leaders in their regional capital of Irbil, seeking insights into their military successes against Islamic State.

Afterward, he told US and coalition troops that the Kurdish armed forces, known as the peshmerga, were “the model of what we are trying to achieve” with a strategy of enabling capable and motivated local forces in northern and western Iraq to take the ground combat lead.

  • Shebel

    The Western Strategy ??? -that is sure a mouthful.
    Maybe the Western Governments should inform the Western People as WTF their Western strategy really is—-because we don’t know.
    Why are we over there ?
    We don’t need their oil. Obama hates Israel .
    Is it just to have a perpetual war, creating perpetual Muslim refugees with the ultimate goal of destabilizing Western Democracies ?
    This is what it looks like to me.
    I am just attempting to figure out whom is pulling the strings and is the ultimate winner in this Game.

  • chayisun

    So, the West, which actually means for the most part the United States, wants to “work” with the kurds. You know, to defeat the islamic state. Although Obama won’t call THAT group of bloodthirsty thugs muslims. They are to him a disenfranchised, confused group of non muslim participants who have strayed from the true meaning of the koran. (small k please note)…..I digress……Work with the kurds, supply them with the latest equipment and if they, the kurds, happen to actually defeat the islamic state then all will be well.

    Ummm, not so fast. Should that glorious day arrive then one can only assume the kurds, now fully equipped with the latest technology, will turn on the United States and it’s allies. It’s what islamic followers do. Bite the hand that feeds them, stab them in the back and send out terrorists to infiltrate the west through immigration. Which is a whole chapter in itself.

    Western strategy. Neville Chamberlain would be proud.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      While Carter was meeting with the Kurds, Turkey was bombing Kurdish bases in Iraq. Clueless is as clueless does.