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The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee noted that the Kurdish-Yazidi coalition of fighters that ousted ISIS from Sinjar and cut off an Islamic State supply route this week is nearly a third women.
As if they didn't have enough motivation to fight already, the fighters found clear evidence of genocide once they retook the city and nearby villages: mass graves with men, women and children. Elderly women were separated from the younger ones and killed because they were deemed too old to be sex slaves.
Arms for the Kurds go through Baghdad, where the supplies get stuck with the beleaguered Iraqi army. Lawmakers have been trying to put a fix in the National Defense Authorization Act "in order to force that issue with the president," Royce said.
"The prime minister of Iraq and the prime minister of Iran object to the idea that the United States would arm the Kurds, the Yazidis, the Christians, the others who are fighting ISIS up there. They want it all run through the Shia-led government in Baghdad," he said. "And I can tell you that after two years of us failing to be able to get any kind of cooperation there, they tell us they need, they must have, that artillery, the anti-tank weapons, the long range mortars, because they're dealing with - against ISIS."