ERBIL — The US-led Coalition will continue its military support for Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces regardless of the results of the independence referendum set for 25th September, said Colonel Ryan Dillon, the Spokesperson for the US-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS).
“We, as a coalition, continue to support and train the Peshmerga who have played a vital role in the defeat of IS throughout Iraq,” Dillon said during an interview on Kurdistan24.
He further explained that the Coalition has “great respect” for the Peshmerga forces as they play a significant role in the war on IS.
Apart from the aerial support and weapons supplies provided to the Kurdish forces during their battle against IS, the Coalition has also trained 22,000 Peshmerga troops since mid-2014 when the international anti-IS campaign started.
“We will continue to do so until told otherwise,” he added. “But, that support continues. We’ve had a great respect for the Peshmerga forces.”