The Iraqi Prime Minister has ordered the air force to provide support to Kurdish Peshmerga forces battling the ISIL Takfiri militants in the north of the country.
According to the Army, Nuri al-Maliki issued orders to both the air force and army aviation units to join the offensive against ISIL terrorists. Earlier, Kurdish fighters in Syria crossed the border to help Iraqi Kurds fight the ISIL militants. Syria's Democratic Union Party fighters are now engaging militants in Iraq’s Sinjar and Rabia towns. They are among towns overrun by the ISIL militants over the weekend. The ISIL attacks drove out Kurdish Peshmerga forces and forced thousands of Kurds to flee.