Pentagon Chief awards Peshmerga officers

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq ( – The United States Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, awarded Peshmerga officers with Joint Commendation Medals for their role in the operation to liberate the City of Mosul from the so-called Islamic State terror group.

Secretary Ashton presented the medals on Sunday night during his visit to Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan Regoin.

The Pentagon Chief later met with the President of Kurdistan Region, Massoud Barzani, and military commanders. During the meeting, Secretary Ashton commended President Barzani and Kurdistan military forces, the Peshmergas, for their role in defeating ISIS, according to a statement released by the Kurdistan Region Presidency.

On behalf of the people of Kurdistan, President Barzani thanked the United States for its continued support in the fight against terror.  He said that terrorism and the ideology behind it are threatening the entire humanity; therefore, the United States should continue to defend universal values and freedoms, due to its position in the world.

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