A senior State Department official told The Associated Press that the Kurds are “getting arms from various sources. They are being rearmed.”
Providing weapons to Kurdish forces is a reversal of U.S. policy, which previously had only allowed for selling arms directly to the Iraqi government. In recent days, the U.S. military has been helping facilitate weapons deliveries from the Iraqis to the Kurds, providing logistical assistance and transportation to the north.
Sources say the weapons from the U.S. will not be provided directly from the Pentagon. Officials wouldn’t say which agency is spearheading the effort, though the CIA historically has done similar arming operations.