Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Iraq arms Kurds against ISIS

 | by Missy Ryan  posted: 08/08/2014  updated: 08/09/2014
www.huffingtonpost.com

WASHINGTON, Aug 8 (Reuters) - The Iraqi government provided a planeload of ammunition to Peshmerga fighters from Iraq's semiautonomous Kurdish region on Friday, a U.S. official said, in an unprecedented act of military cooperation between Kurdish and Iraqi forces brought on by an acute militant threat.

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Jeremiah foresaw the rise of the "spirit of the kings of the Medes" -- a people group now known by the name "Kurd" -- so as to become a "great nation" to the "north" of the "land of the Chaldeans", capable of "draw(ing) up battle lines" against "Babylon", attacking her, defeating her army, and "plunder(ing) her treasures."

For centuries, if not millennia, the Kurds were an oppressed, poverty-striken people who did not even have a country to call their own. Only in the last decade, since the invasion of Iraq by the coalition of nations led by the United States, have the Kurds been able to build a nation-state. But since that time, an amazing transformation has taken place, with oil-wealth and a western mentality driving the progress and building of the Kurdistan region, an entity on the verge of independence.

Now Babylon -- Iraq itself -- is helping to arm the very nation that will one day, should Jeremiah's prophecy come true in out time, overwhelm and defeat her. Perhaps the Iraq of that time will not be run by al-Maliki, but by radical Islamic jihadists bent on attacking and destroying their neighbors, including Kurdistan.

Jeremiah saw the Medes rise as a great military power, capable of defeating the Chaldeans. Are we witnessing that rise now, in our time?  Will the Peshmerga become a formidable modern fighting army?

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