Twilight News / Kurdish policy is trying to employ lobbyists in Washington to persuade the US government to send weapons to them directly, rather than routed through Baghdad, in an attempt to speed up and strengthen the fight against the group organizing Daash in Iraq.
Show models made in 2015 under the law of registration of foreign agents that the Kurdistan Regional Government has spent US $ 291 000 to three different companies on this matter.
Kurdistan Regional Government has pressed for months on Baghdad to speed up the shipment of weapons to Iraqi Kurdistan, but the militants claim that so far progress has been slow. Earlier this year, Sen. Johnny tried to Ernest, a Republican from Iowa and a member of the Armed Services Committee in the Senate, passed a bill that would allow the United States to ship arms to the Kurds directly.
Said Ernst in May that "Daash deadly and determined and that the Iraqi Peshmerga Kurdish forces, a crucial partner for us in the fight against Daash, need to American arms as soon as possible," adding, "We are simply not able to be a future delays at this critical moment of the battle. "
At the time of that has been the sponsor of the draft law, Dennis Natalie said, an expert on Iraqi Kurdistan affairs at the National Defense University in Washington, told the International BUSINESS Times, said the bill will not pass the fact that it requires an amendment to the law that allows the government to send weapons to the internationally recognized governments and sovereign , but that does not include the areas of self-control. And the failure to pass the bill, also predicted Natalie, but this failure to stimulate mobility between defenders in Washington lobbyists to mobilize in order to direct end of the battle.
The Kurds are not the only group fighting in Iraq, which Baghdad claims that the accumulation of arms in the capital, has also complained that Sunni militias in Anbar province west of the country.
Said Muhannad guide Alwani, a member of the Sunni militia in Ramadi who also fought alongside US troops in Anbar in 2007, told the International BUSINESS Times in February, "The United States government did not give us weapons directly, and that the Iraqi army has them ". The man said the tribal The lack of direct shipments of arms to prevent them from defeating the group Daash in major battles such as those Tikrit and Ramadi.
The United States policy in Iraq by sending weapons directly to Baghdad and allow Iraqi army distributed to various fighters throughout the country in accordance with that, but that tensions still exist between the central government and various religious and ethnic factions, including the Kurds and Sunni clans. The distribution process is slowly taking place at a time when the Iraqi government is working to recruit and train fighters before the direct arming, and the United States also offered aid to train fighters with the help of military advisers.
And reached the first meal of the US forces that enter the battle against militants Daash in the month of November, he had President Barack Obama to send 1,400 troops to Anbar to help the Iraqi military plan to combat extremist group that has already taken control of more than 80 percent of the province, and hundreds of US troops stationed in Al Asad Airbase, they are training Iraqi soldiers in the past year. At the same time, US forces are trying to build a national guard is dominated by Sunnis, is composed of tribesmen, have been trained several hundreds of Sunni tribesmen along with US military advisers, as well as thousands of others have been trained by the Iraqi army.
In view of the relationship between the United States and the Iraqi army on training fighters in Anbar, facing the Kurdish lobbyists in Washington, a difficult task, where the United States is committed to maintaining relations with Baghdad and oversees the strengthening of the central government order, especially after the fall of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, and that any step to bypass Baghdad to help the Kurdistan Regional Government would risk the deterioration of relations between the United States and Baghdad.
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