The United States has blocked attempts by its Middle east allies to fly heavy weapons directly to the Kurds fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) jihadists in Iraq, the Free Republic website reports today (July 2, 2015).
Some of America's closest allies say President Obama is failing to show strategic leadership over the world's gravest security crisis in decades.
They now say they are willing to "go it alone" in supplying heavy weapons to the Kurds, even if it means defying the Iraqi authorities and their American backers, who demand all weapons be channelled through Baghdad.
High level officials from the Persian Gulf and other states have revealed that all attempts to persuade Obama of the critical need to arm the Kurds directly as part of more vigorous plans to confront ISIS have failed. The officials say they are now looking at new ways to take the fight to ISIS without seeking U.S. approval.