ERBIL — After Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Peshmerga Ministry and the US Department of Defense signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to boost their bilateral cooperation in combating the Islamic State (IS), the US will be committed to continue supporting Kurdistan Region, a Kurdish official says.
Kifah Mahmoud, an adviser to Kurdistan Region President, told BasNews that the MoU between the Peshmerga ministry and the US Department of Defense came after the significant successes of the Peshmerga forces in the fight against IS.
Peshmerga forces, in close cooperation with the international community and other Iraqi forces, have scored tremendous victories over IS, Mahmoud stated, stressing out that the achievements compelled the international community to recognize Peshmerga as an effective force in the anti-IS campaign.
The Kurdish official pointed out that the US assistance to Kurdistan Region and Peshmerga will no longer go through Baghdad although it will be delivered in collaboration with the Iraqi government.
However, a spokesperson for the US Consulate General in Erbil said that the path to deliver the US aid to Erbil has not changed.
He told BasNews that the entire assistances from US to Erbil, including those mentioned in the MoU, will go through Baghdad, and then arrive in Kurdistan Region in collaboration with the central government.
KRG Peshmerga Ministry and the US Department of Defense signed on Tuesday, July 12th, an MoU, according to which Washington will continue providing military and financial support to the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in order to enhance the anti-IS efforts and further promote cooperation with KRG.