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The Unpaid Kurdish Peshmerga’s Offensive Against ISIS
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The Unpaid Kurdish Peshmerga’s Offensive Against ISIS

Max Hoffman discusses the Kurdish capture of a strategically important highway in Iraq in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, on Background Briefing with Ian Masters.

We begin with the military offensive underway against the Islamic State in Northern Iraq near the Syrian border involving U.S. Special Forces and 7,500 Kurdish Peshmerga fighters (who incidentally due to falling oil prices have not been paid in months). Max Hoffman, a Policy Analyst on the National Security and International Policy team at the Center for American Progress who focuses on Turkey and the Kurdish regions, joins us to discuss the capture of the important Highway 47 that cuts off the Islamic State in Mosul and shuts down their export of stolen oil from the main oil field they’ve captured.

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Max Hoffman

Former Senior Director