MESOP SHORT CUTS KURDISTAN / IRAQ – Baghdad Orders Air Force to Support Kurds

5-8-2014 – Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki ordered Iraq’s air force to support Kurdish forces (NYT) fighting Sunni extremist group ISIS in the north, a move that signaled a thaw in the fraught relations between the central government and Kurdish leaders.

CFR’s Stephen Biddle assesses the U.S. government’s options for responding to ISIS in Iraq in a testimony before the House Armed Services Committee.