Peshmerga near Mahmoudiyah, Iraq

Kurds fighting militants say they're still waiting for heavy weapons

The exhausted Kurdish fighters leaned against a pair of antiquated green cannons on a hill, the ground around them littered with shrapnel from fierce battles with Islamic State militants. One tapped the cannon with his mud-caked boots. "Russian-made," he said, with a smirk. "My grandfather used the same one."

F-22 Syria

Fight against Islamic State raises Air Force’s profile during funding crunch

President Barack Obama’s decision to keep ground troops away from the battlefield in Iraq and Syria has thrust the Air Force into the premier role in America’s latest fight against Islamic militants, bolstering the service’s stature during a time when all branches of the military are competing for limited funds.




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