From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.
The U.S has signed a deal with the Kurdish regional government in northern Iraq, to help in the fight against ISIL (Islamic State group, ISIS, Daesh).
The agreement bypasses Iraqi government leaders in Baghdad.
It includes more military and financial support for the Kurds, amid preparations to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul: