Massoud Barzani, the current president of Iraqi Kurdistan, has officially thanked the nations of the United States-led anti-Islamic State coalition for providing Kurdish fighters with the weapons they need to combat the Islamic militants. However, he also added that the West isn’t providing his Peshmerga forces with the heavy weapons they need to deliver a “decisive blow” against Islamic State militants.
“We’d like to thank the members of the coalition for the support they have provided, but all the support we have received so far is not up to the level that is needed,” Barzani said in an interview aired on Wednesday, as quoted by Reuters. “The heavy weapons systems that we need, especially in terms of quality and quantity, for example the APCs, the helicopters, the artillery we need for a decisive war against ISIS, we have not received these types of weapons.”
Barzani said that the Islamic State militants have been severely weakened by coalition airstrikes and Kurdish forces, “but hasn’t lost its capability to attack.” He also added that there has been no coordination between the United States-led coalition, which includes France and Turkey, and Iran, which have both been sending weapons to Kurdish forces. He finished by saying that the Islamic State is “the most brutal and barbaric” enemy the Kurds have ever faced, including the regime of Saddam Hussein, according to Businessweek.