Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) issued the following statement on the current situation in Iraq regarding the Kurds:
“Reports from the field suggest that Iraqi military units and forces aligned with the Iranian government, including Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani, have deployed heavy weapons in anticipation of a major attack against the Peshmerga. The Kurds have been a strong ally of ours while Iranian-backed militias killed hundreds of American troops in Iraq. The U.S. should stand by the Kurds. It would be tragic if we allowed the Kurds to be steamrolled by forces who have American blood on their hands.”
DeSantis a veteran, went into the U.S. Navy in 2005 and is currently an office in the Navy Reserve. During his time in the military he worked as a judge advocate general prosecutor and he was deployed to Iraq as an adviser to a U.S. Navy SEAL commander.
Reuters Reports Iraq paramilitaries battle Kurds in push towards Turkish border oil hub
“The Kurds held a referendum on independence last month that Baghdad called illegal. Baghdad responded by seizing back the city of Kirkuk, the oil-producing areas around it, and other territory that Kurdish forces captured from Islamic State.
Iraqi pro-government paramilitaries launched an offensive against Kurdish troops on Tuesday near the Turkish frontier, pushing towards a strategic border crossing and oil export pipeline hub that Baghdad says must come under its control.”