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Calling the situation in Iraqi Kurdistan “catastrophic,” France said Wednesday it would start supplying arms to the Kurdish forces fighting Sunni extremists from the Islamic State group. The shipment of French arms, which the government refused to describe, follows the United States’ increased role in fighting back the Islamic State extremists. On Tuesday, 130 U.S. troops arrived in the Kurdish capital of Irbil on what the Pentagon described as a temporary mission to coordinate plans to help trapped Yazidi civilians on Sinjar Mountain. French authorities have pushed other European Union members to do more to aid Christian and other minorities being targeted by the Islamic State group extremists.



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