The Kurdistan Region’s Ministry of Peshmerga called on the Coalition forces to provide helicopters to the ministry for use in emergency cases and circumstances.
The Peshmerga Ministry’s Deputy Chief of Staff Qaraman Kamal told NRT on Wednesday (May 24) that the Peshmerga is in need of helicopters for logistics and emergency cases.
“According to the reform process which consists of 35 points, we have called for the provision of helicopters for the future. The Peshmerga forces need to have helicopters in the frame of that project,” Kamal said.
The project Kamal references is a project to restructure the Peshmerga that was drawn up in consultation with military advisors from the U.S, the U.K. and Germany, and was approved by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Council of Ministers last week.
Peshmerga officials said they need helicopters because the Iraqi Ministry of Defense had previously provided helicopters for the region to help rescue Ezidi people on in the Sinjar Mountains, but now they do not have any to use.
The project also states that Brigades 70 and 80 of the Peshmerga forces, each of which consists of nearly 60,000 Peshmerga and officers, will be organized.
Brigade 80 is affiliated with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Brigade 70 is affiliated with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK).
Military officials from the three countries met on May 7 with KRG Prime Minister, Nechirvan Barzani, his Deputy Qubad Talabani, and Peshmerga officials in an aim to disclose their mutual plans for the restructuring process.
The Peshmerga Ministry also called on the Coalition forces to create a special communication line for the ministry. According to the ministry, the request was approved and over $15 million has been provided for.