Kurdish security forces have announced that a military airport will open in Erbil that will be the receiving point for international military assistance to the regional government. Iraqi, Kurdish and American forces will jointly operate the airbase.
While the Kurdish security forces have already received weapons from the United States, they have also received pledges of arms support from Canada, France, Italy, Finland, the United Kingdom, and Germany.
Weapons training from the respective supply state will also occur before the weapons are given to frontline Kurdish forces.
In statements made to the Financial Times, Turkish officials have encouraged the United States to allow American businesses to import Kurdish oil.
They argued that the United States should support the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) economically as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, ISIS) has been able to directly profit from sales of their captured oil fields.
“This is urgent: ISIS is now selling its oil, but the Kurds are not allowed to sell their oil,” said a Turkish official.
The American government has sided with the central Iraqi government in Baghdad in an attempt to maintain the unity of the Iraqi state. Turkey has been a supporter of Kurdish oil sales because of its own increasing domestic energy demands.
TWI (Theodor Wille Intertrade) and Safar personnel recently delivered critical food supplies to support the increasing number of refugees fleeing the violence in Iraq.
Due to the deteriorating security situation in the region, over 50,000 refugees have been forced to flee areas of Northern Iraq in search of safety.
The company said its local team in Erbil quickly sourced, consolidated, and delivered water and various food supplies to a local building being used as a shelter to fight the growing concerns of starvation.
TWI and Safar remain committed to doing what we can to help the local communities where we operate.
U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq on Monday, successfully conducting airstrikes on four ISIL checkpoints and multiple ISIL vehicles near Sinjar Mountain in defense of internally displaced Yazidi civilians in the area.
At approximately 1:10 p.m. EDT, U.S. fighter aircraft struck and destroyed an ISIL checkpoint southwest of Sinjar Mountain. At the same location, U.S. fighter aircraft struck an armed personnel carrier and an armed truck, destroying both.
At approximately 2:05 p.m. EDT, U.S. fighter aircraft struck and destroyed an ISIL checkpoint south of the city of Sinjar. At the same location, U.S. aircraft struck an armed truck and a High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, destroying both.
At approximately 3:30 p.m. EDT, U.S. fighter aircraft struck another ISIL checkpoint southeast of the city of Sinjar and damaged it.
At approximately 4:30 p.m. EDT, U.S. fighter aircraft struck another ISIL checkpoint east of the Sinjar Mountain and destroyed it and an adjacent ISIL truck.
The KRG’s Ministry of Natural Resources has said it attaches the highest priority to the safety and security of all oil industry workers and their operations in the Kurdistan Region.
MNR remains in constant contact with KRG security forces regarding the deterioration of security on the Region’s borders and it continues to share all relevant information with its contractors.
Until now, the enemy has not been able to target oil operations in the Region, but as a precautionary measure some of the exploration activities in areas abutting potential combat zones have been temporarily halted and staff relocated.
However, oil production in the Region remains unaffected, and is being delivered to both the domestic and export markets. Indeed, the KRG is expecting that the producing companies will ramp up production in the coming weeks as ongoing export infrastructure improvements come online as planned.
The producing companies continue to receive their share of production and revenue from all the domestic uses of the oil, and they have been advised to also work on the export sales for their share of the exported oil.
Meanwhile, MNR would like to remind the operating and the service companies working in the Region not to take any steps without close coordination with the Ministry of Natural Resources, as this may lead to unnecessary complications and in some cases could harm the operators’ own interests as well as the KRG’s overall needs.
MNR is continuing with oil exports and sales via Ceyhan and welcomes the support and investment of the oil companies in the Kurdistan Region.
Senior Officials in the Turkish ruling party announced that the country would do everything it could to ensure the security of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). The announcement follows reports of Turkish fighter jets on patrol over the region.
“As a strategic neighbor the stability and security of the Kurdistan Region is important to Turkey and to keep that stability Turkey will do whatever falls on its shoulders,” said a Turkish politician.
European countries, including France and the United Kingdom, have also offered their support for Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and its security forces.