Diverse and disputed Kirkuk province is strategic. It is home to tremendous oil reserves, an airport, shares a border with Iran, and links several northern Iraqi provinces to the Kurdistan Region.
Gen. Fazil Barwari, Kurdish commander of Iraq’s elite Golden Division that scored major victories over ISIS, has died of a reported heart attack. … He led Iraq’s highly trained and outfitted special forces. Trained by the US, the Golden Division ranks among the most elite forces in the Middle East and were at the forefront of the war against ISIS in Iraq.
More than 30 foreign nations have missions in the Kurdistan Region capital, including the United States, France, and Germany.
Some 1,000 fighters of the Ezidkhan Protection Force were officially put under the Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga Ministry in March 2017. Shasho is head of the Yezidi Democratic Party.
Canada had promised the delivery of arms – that included grenade launches, sniper rifles, anti-tank weapons – over two years ago, but the shipment was held up for months by a Baghdad reluctant to sign off on the transfer. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said in March that the weapons could go to Iraqi forces or to support a NATO training mission.
We aim to provide an audit of their needs to prompt interest in boosting their capacity as well as trade and investment links which requires urgent reform of the UK visa application system.
The representative of the Social Democratic Party of Germany said the Kurds and Peshmerga had fought ISIS and extremists on behalf of the world, and that is why it was important for the West to support them, and for that support to continue.
Acting Peshmerga Minister Karim Sinjari held meetings with two separate delegations from the UK and the US in which they discussed the situation in the disputed areas, Yawar detailed.