Iraqi Kurds, Battling Islamist Threat, Press Washington For Arms

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Kurdish and U.S. officials said the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq is pressing the Obama administration for sophisticated weapons it says Kurdish fighters need to push back Islamist militants threatening their region. A Kurdish official said the request was discussed during a Kurdish delegation's visit to Washington in early July, and U.S. officials said Washington was considering ways to bolster the Kurdish defenses. The Kurds say U.S.

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