U.S. recommends Iraqi Kurdistan to establish military airport


Members of Kurdistan's Peshmerga. File photo

ARA News

Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan – The Ministry of Peshmerga forces in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq announced on Thursday that the ministry in coordination with the U.S. is about to start a project of establishing a military airport in Erbil (Hewler), capital of Iraqi Kurdistan.

Speaking to ARA News in Erbil, Brigadier Halkurd Hikmet, Director of Information Office of the Ministry of Peshmerga, said that the U.S. military team in the Region (consists of 130 U.S. military personnel) monitor the situation in Sinjar Mount, and they provided the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) with a report recommending establishment of a military airport in Erbil in cooperation with the U.S. and the Iraqi Central Government.

Regarding arming the Peshmerga forces, Hikmet told ARA News: “So far, seven states have shown their willingness to supply the Peshmerga with weapons and sell them arms, including the United States of America, Germany, France, Great Britain, Finland, Italy, and Canada.”

Hikmet added that some of those weapons that were provided by the U.S. and France have already arrived in Kurdistan, “while the rest of the weapons will soon reach the Kurdistan territory”, pointing out that the process of arming the Peshmerga includes training on the use of heavy and sophisticated weapons.

Jabbar Yawir, Secretary General of the Ministry of Peshmerga in Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), announced on Thursday that the U.S.-France shipment contained different types of heavy and sophisticated weapons, “which will support the position of the Peshmerga in the its fight against the Islamic State’s (IS) militants”.


Reporting by: Azad Jamkari

Source: ARA News

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