Schumer Statement on Reports of Military Skirmishes Between Iraqi Government and Kurdish Forces

October 16, 2017

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer today released the following statement on reports of military skirmishes between the Iraqi Government and Kurdish Forces

“Every ounce of energy and resources the Iraqi government and the Kurdish Peshmerga spend fighting each other should instead be spent fighting ISIS and terrorism in the region. This is especially true when those resources are those sent by the United States I urge the administration to immediately initiate a dialogue between the two sides to ensure a peaceful resolution between the Iraqi government and Iraqi Kurds that doesn’t jeopardize the ongoing fight against ISIS, put at risk the gains made to date, and determines the best way to accommodate the legitimate aspirations of the Iraqi Kurds.”