ERBIL — The US-led coalition has rejected the possibility of independence referendum to impact its military support for the Kurdish Peshmerga forces.
“We are continuing to work with the Peshmerga in the same way that we have in the past,” said Colonel Ryan Dillon, Spokesperson for the US-led coalition.
During a press briefing on Wednesday, televised from Baghdad, Dillon said, “From the coalition’s perspective and from what we are doing with the training and equipping of the Peshmerga forces, that does continue.”
Highlighting the close military coordination between the coalition and Peshmerga forces, the official reminded that they have trained more than 22,000 Kurdish Peshmerga since the beginning of the war against the Islamic State back in 2014.
The remarks were made amid Erbil’s preparations for an independence vote on 25th September. The decision was said by some US officials to possibly impact the anti-IS efforts which is Washington’s top priority for now.