A Iraqi Kurdistan delegation may request military aid from Russia to assist its fight against the Islamic State (ISIL or Daesh) jihadist group during its upcoming visit to the country, a Moscow representative of the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government said.
The Iraqi Kurdistan is an autonomous region in the north of Iraq, near the border with Turkey, Iran and Syria. It’s Peshmerga military forces has been fighting Daesh since August 2014.
“It is likely that the delegation will ask for military aid from Russia, to support our Peshmerga in the war against ISIS,” Aso Talabani told RIA Novosti.
Talabani added that Iraqi Kurdistan had already requested military aid from Russia, however, Moscow has only been cooperated through the Baghdad authorities to date.
The delegation of Iraqi Kurds is expected to visit Moscow in April. Russia has made it a condition that representatives from all major parties in Kurdistan, including the Kurdish Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, should be included in the delegation, Talabani added.
In February, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said Russia is interested in including the Kurds in the Baghdad Information Center, established by Russia, Iran, Iraq and Syria in September to coordinate their efforts in the fight against Daesh.
The aim of the Baghdad center is to collect, process, summarize and analyze current data about the Middle East in the context of counterterrorism measures against Daesh, distributing intelligence between the general staffs of the four countries.
Islamic State, also known as Daesh, is a designated terrorist group that has captured large areas of Syria and Iraq, where it has proclaimed a caliphate. The terrorist organization is outlawed in Russia and many countries around the world.