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.