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U.S. Senators Visit Kurdistan; Reaffirm Support Against Daesh

The article below originally appeared in Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) on December 1st, 2015.

U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) met with Prime Minister of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Nechirvan Barzani and former premier Barham Salih to discuss needs of the Iraqi Kurdistan region in combat against Daesh (ISIS).

Supporting Peshmerga Against Daesh

During the Monday night meeting with Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and former premier Barham Salih McCain, Senator McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, reaffirmed his country’s commitment supporting the Peshmerga forces in the fight against Daesh, according to a statement by the KRG.

In their earlier meeting with Salih, the U.S. senators discussed the recent victories made by the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in all fronts against Daesh.

The two U.S. Senators travelled to Iraqi Kurdistan from Baghdad, where they had been meeting with senior Iraqi officials.

Strengthening Ties

The two sides stressed the importance of providing the necessary weaponry to the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in order to enable them to rout the Daesh militants and build on the recent success for the post-Daesh situation in the region of Iraqi Kurdistan.

They also explored ways for strengthening the political ties between the U.S. and Iraqi Kurdistan.

Both sides called for increasing the number of US military trainers in Iraq from 3,500 to 10,000 and deploying a 100,000-strong ground force from Sunni countries of the region to boost the campaign against Daesh.

[To read more visit KUNA]

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