Iraqi Kurds call for foreign ground troops in anti-IS fight

Kurdish peshmerga forces look at bones in a mass grave on the outskirts of the town of Sinjar, February 3, 2015. Police said the mass grave contained remains from 25 people belonging to the minority Yazidi sect, apparent victims of killings by Islamic State militants. REUTERS/Ari Jalal

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — A senior Iraqi Kurdish official on Wednesday called for greater support in the battle against the Islamic State group, including with foreign troops, saying the Kurds are “alone” in the fight.

Fouad Hussein, chief of staff to Kurdish President Massoud Barzani, said the U.S.-led coalition airstrikes are helpful but “to finish ISIS … you need to finish it on the ground. And on the ground, we are most of the time alone. So we need partners.”

“It means advisers, it means special forces, it means a collective fight against ISIS, it means equipment, it means munitions,” Hussein said…