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Can the Peshmerga Drive ISIS Back from Kurdistan?

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Aziz Reda, senior adviser to the president of Kurdistan, is speaking out about the Islamic State's invasion of the northern territory of Iraq known as Kurdistan.

The Kurds are an ethnic group living in northern Iraq as well as parts of Turkey and Syria. They want to form an independent country of Kurdistan, and have been moving successfully in that direction since Saddam Hussein was removed from power.

However, the latest incursion into Kurdish territory by the terrorist forces of ISIS is threatening the people of the region. More than a million refugees fleeing ISIS in Iraq have flooded into Kurdistan.

In a recent interview, CBN founder Dr. Pat Robertson asked Reda if weapons being sent to the Kurdish fighting force, the Peshmerga, from the United States and Europe are actually reaching the Peshmerga.

Mr. Reda said that some weapons have come from both the U.S. and European sources, but they do not have enough weapons at this point to drive back ISIS from their territory.

Reda added that if they have weapons and proper training, he believes the Peshmerga can defeat ISIS and drive them out of the region.

The two men also discussed Kurdistan's future and their desire for an independent state recognized by the United Nations. Again, Reda said that with America's help and the help of other allies, they hope to win their country's independence.

With more than a million refugees and displaced people in the region and winter fast approaching, Reda put out an urgent call for blankets and supplies.

***Aziz Reda shared more details of the Kurds' plight with Dr. Pat Robertson. Awat Moustafa, director of Operation for the Barzani Charitable Trust, served as Reda's translator.

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