Peshmerga successfully fighting against ISIS
The United States defense secretary Ash Carter claimed that the military forces of Iraqi Kurdistan (the so called “Peshmerga”) serves as a model for the kind of force able to confront the Takfiri group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). This was said during the secretary visit to the Kurdish capital Arbil.
While the Iraqi army had to hand over some cities to the radicals, the Kurdish forces or Peshmerga, have successfully resisted ISIS and even expanded the boundary of their state which is not legally recognised at the moment. Ash Carter noted that the United States would continue supporting Peshmerga and providing it with weapon, intelligence information and military training. Moreover, the international coalition led by the US is planning to hit air strikes against ISIS before the Kurdish onslaught. Carter met with Kurdistan president Massoud Barzani who was fighting against the regime of Saddam Hussein for decades. The leader of Iraqi Kurds approved of the US decision to organise military training of the Peshmerga fighters.
Pentagon Chief Ash Carter
Carter visited Erbil a day after he travelled to Baghdad to meet Iraqi leaders to discuss advance plans to recapture the city of Ramadi which fell to ISIS in May. The loss of Ramadi was the Iraqi army’s worst defeat since the Takfiris started their onslaught last summer. Although the Iraqis were been bolstered by the international coalition, they did not manage to hold Ramadi. Carter also noted that some units of Iraqi army were just as capable as the Peshmerga fighters.
“We are working on creating such a capable force in Iraq that will be used against the radicals in Syria at a later point. Here, in Kurdistan, “Peshmerga” demonstrated its force. This is exactly what we are willing to achieve with regard to the Iraqi army capability,” said Carter.
Kurdish support may turn into strategic on the way of fighting Takfiri organisation ISIS at the Iraq front. According to the US military experts, three maneuver brigades from the Kurdish region and six of them from the Iraqi army will be required to release the city of Mosul from the radicals.