WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), met with the president of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, on Wednesday about U.S. assistance to the Peshmerga. Inhofe gave his support of their request for assistance to continue their fight against ISIS.
“The Kurds have been an ally of the United States since 1991 and have been boldly fighting ISIS shortly after its rise in 2013,” Inhofe said. “They have repeatedly proven their combat effectiveness in battle and are one of the strongest ground forces in the region. When I met with the president of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, he thanked the United States for its continued support both with equipment and supplies as well as air support. He requested additional assistance from the United States with their refugee crisis, adding that the Kurdish government has provided sanctuary to over a million refugees. I urge my colleagues and our Allies to support the Kurds and their armed forces. Our assistance has enabled Kurdish forces to gain the upper hand against ISIS in Iraq and our assistance is needed to help them provide humanitarian aid to their refugees.”