ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – Signing the military memorandum of understanding between the US and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) shows how highly Washington regards Peshmerga in the fight against jihadists, said KRG Representative to the US on Thursday.
Bayan Sami Abdul-Rahman’s statement follows signed memorandum
Kurdistan Region and the United States signed a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday to assist Peshmerga forces.
With the presence of the Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani, a military memorandum of understanding was signed by Elissa Slotkin, the acting Assistant of the Secretary of Defense of International Security Affairs, and Karim Sinjari acting Minister of Peshmerga Affairs.
“The memorandum is an indicator that the US admires the role Peshmerga forces play in the fight against Da’esh.”
“The memorandum is an indicator that the US admires the role Peshmerga forces play in the fight against Da’esh,” the KRG Representative to the US Bayan Sami Abdul-Rahman told Kurdistan24, using the Arabic pejorative term for IS.
Abdul-Rahman stated that now the relation between the US and KRG has improved, stating that the US knows who Peshmerga is due to their role in defeating IS in the south of the Kurdistan Region.
“There are two main factors that the people of the US and Washington administration respect the Kurdistan Region,” she said.
“The first factor is the role Peshmerga has played in defeating Da’esh. The word Peshmerga for Americans signifies fearlessness,” KRG Representative to the US added.
Kurdistan Region shares over 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) border with IS in the south. Peshmerga forces have been recognized as one of the most effective ground forces in defeating the jihadists.
Kurdish people have welcomed close to 2 million displaced people in the region
“The second factor is that the people of the Kurdistan Region and the KRG have opened their arms to 1.8 million refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Region,” she stated.
Since the Iraqi security forces are preparing to liberate Mosul, the second-largest city in the north of Iraq and the main stronghold of IS, numerous Iraqis have fled Mosul, asking Peshmerga for protection.
Peshmerga commanders told Kurdistan24 that IS often tries to send sleeper cells with civilians who seek asylum in Kurdistan Region. Peshmerga takes security measure before housing refugees in the IDP camps near the front lines.