Maliki orders Iraqi air force to help Kurds

Published August 4th, 2014 - 01:30 GMT

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has ordered the air force to provide support to Kurdish troops battling militants from the Islamic State, AFP reports.

“The commander in chief of the armed forces has issued orders to the leadership of the air force and the army’s aviation units to provide air support to peshmerga forces,” Maliki said Monday.

According to AFP, Kurdish forces continue to battle militants from the Islamic State in an effort to maintain control of Kurdistan. The Islamic State launched a major offensive in June and seized control of multiple cities in Iraq, causing thousands to flee. The extremists seek to control vast swathes of land and have their eyes on Baghdad. 

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