WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The United States, Cook noted, has provided a significant amount of material and support to the Peshmerga forces through the government of Iraq, which is the appropriate way for this to be handled.
“We’ll continue our conversations of course with Peshmerga leaders with KRG [Kurdistan Regional Government] about what their needs might be, but I think the United States and the Department of Defense certainly provide a significant amount of material and are prepared to engage with them if there are additional needs in the future," Cook stated.
The Iraqi Kurdistan autonomous region in the country's north is a part of the historic Kurdish region parts of which also belong to Syria, Iran and Turkey. The region has its own government, parliament and armed forces.
The Daesh extremist group, outlawed in a number of countries worldwide, including Russia, has taken control of large parts of Iraq and Syria since 2014.