MOSUL FRONT, Iraq—The Daily Signal’s foreign correspondent, Nolan Peterson, recently visited the Kurdish peshmerga’s front line positions surrounding the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul—Iraq’s second-biggest city.
The peshmerga, which translates to “one who faces death,” are an ally of Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S.-led international coalition combatting Islamic State, the terrorist army also known as ISIS.
Kurdish commanders say the U.S.-led airstrikes have been a game changer, degrading their enemy and boosting the Kurds’ morale. And despite a lack of heavy weapons and ammunition, the peshmerga soldiers are determined to keep fighting.
The Kurds say they’re fighting for Iraqi Kurdistan’s independence, and to defend the outside world from ISIS. For some soldiers, the fight is personal.
The Squirrel says: You’ll hear the word Daesh. This is the local name for what Americans call ISIS and the President calls ISIL. Daesh is an acronym. It stands for the Arabic name of the Islamic State: al-Dawla al-Islamiya fi al-Iraq wa al-Sham. It’s a word the Islamic State hates because depending on how it is conjugated in Arabic, it can mean anything from ‘to trample down and crush’ to ‘a bigot who imposes his view on others’.
The president changed his mind about ending the war in Iraq and has authorized U.S. Central Command to work with partner nations to conduct targeted airstrikes of Iraq and Syria as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.
Check out the U.S and coalition forces activities under the code name Inherent Resolve. on the DoD site. http://www.defense.gov/News/Special-Reports/0814_Inherent-Resolve