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Kurdistan

US aid to Kurdistan actually $900m

By Rudaw 19/4/2016
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—The United States has committed $900 million in financial and material aid to the Kurdish Peshmerga, according to a US official. 

Speaking to Rudaw an official source from the United States, who wished to remain anonymous, said that the US wants to empower the frontlines in the war with the Islamic State (ISIS). $415 million has been committed for the Peshmerga forces participating in the Mosul operation.

Two new Peshmerga brigades will be formed, according to the source, each numbering 2100 people, with $180 million to $200 million allocated for their creation.

In addition, “$22.5 million of the US aid will be appointed to train and provide Peshmerga with military equipment,” the source said. 

Further funds will be dedicated to operations of special forces, and logistical support including fuel and medical supplies. 

“The amount of the aid and how it will be distributed was discussed on March 16, 2016 with Kurdish President Masoud Barzani,” said the source. The first funds are expected to be delivered by the end of April. 

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Pat | 19/4/2016
They know and understand that the Peshmerga are defenders of a modern state. An example for the whole region.
blend | 19/4/2016
It pains me to say this but the US should not hand over these funds to our officials, they'll pocket half of it and the other half will go to their party loyal Peshmerga. The US should distribute the salaries themselves directly to the Peshmerga forces.
Riha | 19/4/2016
What does the US get in return? Nothing comes for free.
Kurdish State | 19/4/2016
900 million $ should never buy one single drop of Kurdish blood for other aim than the Kurdish Independence.We need Apache helicopters and jet fighters by the hundreds to defend our Kurdish land from the enemies coming from Baghdad, Mosul,Raqqa, Ankara,Tehran and Damascus.
Dyarbekr | 20/4/2016
blend, you are being more slanderous and monkeying around than anything. In this day and age when President Barzani is vigirously attacking any possible corruption or miscief, all support from everywhere is welcome to be used in this time of crises: both the rather lonely war on ISIS and building out Kurdistan. Kurdistan needs more $ in aid and loan to be able handle international trades and transactions. Kurdistan must be doing that at the same time She wipes out ISIS. Both go together for Kurdistan and the Internetional Community must recognize that. The Kurdish government's committment to the nation is tp secure the land while building up the society.

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