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The French arming of the American revolutionaries in 1778 is beginning to resemble today's American support for the Iraqi Kurds.The Americans are now arming and fighting (from the air) on the side of the Iraqi Kurds against ISIS. Over-arming the Kurds could backfire and destabilize Iraq and the region. Likewise singling out the Kurds for material assistance could further alienate Iraqi Sunnis.Nor is there unanimous consensus among Iraqi Kurds about advancing on the independence track.Arming the Iraqi Kurds, the Iraqi army and Sunni moderates will be in the United States' interest.By arming the peshmerga the U.S. will enhance its leverage with the Kurds, allowing them to advise against an independent Kurdistan.
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