US blocks attempts by Arab allies to fly heavy weapons directly to Kurds to fight Islamic State

The United States has blocked attempts by its Middle East allies to fly heavy weapons directly to the Kurds fighting Islamic State jihadists in Iraq, The Telegraph has learnt.

Some of America’s closest allies say President Barack Obama and other Western leaders, including David Cameron, are failing to show strategic leadership over the world’s gravest security crisis for decades.

They now say they are willing to “go it alone” in supplying heavy weapons to the Kurds, even if means defying the Iraqi authorities and their American backers, who demand all weapons be channelled through Baghdad.


I wonder if arming the Kurds would upset Iran? Can’t have that with the nuclear negotiations at such a critical juncture.

That headline is wrong. We have no Arab allies and nothing to gain by hiring our soldiers and airmen out as mercenaries to protect Saudi interests.

It is not our fight.

  • JoKeR
  • Norman_In_New_York

    Iran has a restive Kurdish population on their side of the Iraqi border, so they would be perturbed by our sending the Kurds heavy weapons. For us ordinary people, this would be a no-lose action.

    • Exile1981

      Also Turkey has a problem with armed Kurds.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        And Whey.

  • edlancey

    “I wonder if arming the Kurds would upset Iran?”

    I expect it is Turkey who is complaining – and Erdogan is Obama’s best buddy. They have so much in common, being muslim brotherhood supporters.

  • cmh

    the states needs to get out of other countries policies if they hope to survive….

  • Markalta

    This just proves Obama is an Islamic supremacist…doesn’t want to upset the mullahs…be nice if Obama suddenly came down with a deadly disease…like sudden explodey jihadi syndrome…

  • Martin B

    Channeling weapons through Baghdad is a good way of guaranteeing they will end up in the hands of the Islamic State.

  • African

    US and Nato don’t want their ISIS buddies defeated, they are secretly allied with them.