An incongruence of aims

The Kurds’ Western backers in northern Iraq are wary of the Kurdish goal of independence.

By SARA ELIZABETH WILLIAMS
August 19, 2015 18:45
Kurdish Peshmerga

An officer from the Western coalition forces gives advice to Kurdish Peshmerga forces during a training session on how to defend the front lines against ISIS in Daquq district, northern Iraq, June 15. (photo credit: AZAD LASHKARI / REUTERS)

 
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WAHDA, northern Iraq — ON THE sweltering plains of northern Iraq, a steady flow of coalition guns, ammunition and military guidance is bolstering Kurdish Peshmerga forces as they battle ISIS militants out of Iraqi towns and villages.

But credible evidence has emerged to suggest American and particularly European support is also being leveraged to advance a second, far more contentious goal: realising the long-held dream of an independent Kurdish state.

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