This bill would give the President temporary authority to provide U.S. weapons to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the Kurdish Peshmerga that is fighting against the so-called Islamic State (aka ISIS or ISIL) in Iraq and Syria.
The provision of any weaponry or training to the KRG would be prohibited unless the KRG agrees that it will not:
Provide any weaponry, defense services, or training to anyone who is not an officer, employee, or agent of the KRG;
Use or permit the use of any weaponry or training for purposes other than those it was provided for unless the President provides their consent.
Congress also expresses that its desire to see this legislation enacted and aid provided to the Kurds is based on several factors:
Defeating ISIL is critical to maintaining a unified Iraq in which all faiths and ethnicities receive equal protection and integration into the government and society;
The people of Kurdistan face a deadly threat from ISIL that the Iraqi Security Forces (of which the Peshmerga are a component) are currently unable to match in weaponry;
Any lingering issues between the Iraqi government and the KRG should be resolved quickly to allow for a resumption of normal relations;
ISIL’s continued growth presents an imminent threat to Iraqi Kurdistan, the rest of Iraq and the Middle East, in addition to international security at large.