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Senate Votes Down Bill to Arm Kurds

WASHINGTON, DC-- The US Senate voted down a bipartisan amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act on Tuesday that would have authorized the president to directly arm Kurdish fighters without the supervision of Baghdad.

The amendment proposed by Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif) faced fierce opposition from the administration of President Barack Obama which claimed that bypassing Baghdad would undermine the US strategy to defeat the Islamic State and promote division among Iraq’s Sunni, Shiite and Kurds.

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