The ministry says that the US has trained and armed 4,500 Peshmerga soldiers. Photo by Farzin Hassan/Rudaw
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — The Kurdish Peshmerga ministry says that Russia has helped the Kurdistan Region with arms against the Islamic State (ISIS) following a meeting between the Kurdish president and Russia’s ambassador to Iraq on Sunday.
Chief of Staff of the Peshmerga Ministry Jabar Yawar told Rudaw that more Russian help has been promised.
“Russia has sent help to the Peshmerga and Kurdistan’s other defense forces in the fight against ISIS a number of times,” Yawar said. “And the date is not clear for the new assistance that has been decided. We are waiting for it.”
Russian ambassador to Iraq Ilya Morgonov met with Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Sunday where he stressed Moscow’s readiness to helping Erbil’s war against ISIS.
Yawar added that Russian and all other coalition support have reached the Kurdistan Region through the central government.
“The coalition countries send us assistance in agreement with Baghdad,” he explained. “It doesn’t matter how the support reaches us.”
Yawar refused to reveal the types of weapons recently provided to the Peshmerga forces “because of military secrecy”, confirming
meanwhile that the United States has trained and armed two Peshmerga brigades of 4,500 soldiers.