There are 2 reasons that the Kurds have scored initial wins against ISIS as they dislodged and attempted to hold the ground against the terror organization that the Iraqi military is unable to confront and defeat.
2. The Peshmerga. Literally "those who confront death"), Peshmerga is the term used by Kurds to refer to armed Kurdish fighters. Having a militia that is very aware of the true nature of the enemy and embrace that death is at the heart of who lives and exists and who doesn't and is forgotten, is key. Like the IDF the stakes are simple and non-negotiable... fight and win, or your family's will be robbed, raped and horrifically murdered.
© 2014 Peter Lounsbury - 8/11/14