US emphasizes importance of Peshmerga fight against ISIS

A Kurdish Peshmerga soldier stands next to a member of Iraqi PMF at a security checkpoint in Tuz Khurmatu in northern Iraq. Photo: Pierre-yves Baillet /ARA News

ARA News 

ERBIL  The US State Department said they do not provide treatment for wounded Peshmergas outside of Iraqi Kurdistan, but nevertheless the US is aware of the importance of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the fight against the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS).

“So we provide tremendous assistance to the Peshmerga, to include much-needed medical supplies and equipment. However, I would note we do not have a program to transport wounded Peshmerga out of Kurdistan,” State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said.

“Taking a look, though, at the assistance, on July 11th, with the full of approval of the Government of Iraq, Secretary Carter finalized a memorandum of understanding with the KRG that would facilitate the utilization of $415 million,” she added. 

According to the US State Department spokeswoman, these funds will provide short-term assistance in medical equipment as well as food, ammunition, stipends, and other assistance.

“I would also note last summer, in coordination with coalition partners and the Government of Iraq, the KRG received equipment and supplies to aid wounded Peshmerga, including 150 vehicles, including ambulances,” she stated. 

Trudeau did not know if there will be any expansion of the assistance program for Peshmerga forces for the upcoming Mosul offensive.

I’ve got no new programs to announce on that. As we’ve said multiple times from this podium, we are very aware of the importance of the Peshmerga in this fight, and we’re also very aware of the assistance that the situation requires,” she told reporters in Washington.

The UK government has said it would consider the outside treatment of injured Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the Birmingham hospital.

“The Queen Elizabeth Hospital has excellent facilities for battlefield casualties. Our Army is already providing medical instruction to the Peshmerga to help them deal with the situation, but we will look to see whether more can be done,” outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron said in July.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Source: ARA News


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