The recent establishment of the United States Kurdistan Business Council (USKBC) is an indication of deepening KRG-US economic relations.
American military presence will remain in the Kurdistan Region, during the phased withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq.The American University of Iraq offers an American-style liberal arts education, dedicated to leading the transformation ofIraqinto a liberal and democratic society, through an understanding of the ideals of freedom and democracy. During Operation Iraqi freedom, there was strategic cooperation between the U.S. forces and Kurdistan’s Peshmerga.
As a standing symbol of continued friendship and cooperation between the United States and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Congressmen Lincoln Davis (D-TN.) and Joe Wilson (R-SC) formally created a Kurdish caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, aimed at building American-Kurdistan Regional Government ties and friendship.
The caucus is a bipartisan organization with the goal to promote understanding of Kurdish interests, provide accurate and timely information about issues affecting the Kurdish people, and recommend initiatives which will:
The group is co-chaired by Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., and Rep. Steve Rothman, D-N.J. Members attend Kurdish-American functions and events on Capitol Hill and at the KRG Office, blocks from the White House. The Caucus continues to grow, and new members join regularly.
Members and previous members include:Co-Founders: Lincoln Davis (D-TN) Joe Wilson (R-SC) Current Co-Chairs: Joe Wilson (R-SC) Jared Polis (D-CO) Former Members: Michael Arcuri (D-NY) Howard Berman (D-CA) Brian Bilbray (R-CA) Roy Blunt (R-MO) Russ Carnahan (D-MO) Lincoln Davis (D-TN) Bob Filner (D-CA) Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD) Bart Gordon (D-TN) Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) Peter Hoekstra (R-MI) Tim Holden (D-PA) Brad Miller (D-NC) Steve Rothman (D-NJ) Joe Sestak (D-PA) John Shadegg (R-AZ) John Sullivan (R-OK) Allen West (R-FL) Current KAC Caucus Representatives: Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) Jo Bonner (R-AL) Steve Chabot (R-OH) David Cicilline (D-RI) Mike Coffman (R-CO) Gerry Connolly (D-VA) Jim Cooper (D-TN) Joseph Crowley (D-NY) Susan Davis (D-CA) Jeff Duncan (R-SC) Keith Ellison (D-MN) Louie Gohmert (R-TX) Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) Sam Graves (R-MO) Gene Green (D-TX) Richard Hanna (D-NY) Brian Higgins (D-NY) Jim Himes (D-CT) Steve Israel (D-NY) Walter Jones (R-NC) Doug Lamborn (R-CO) Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) Michael McCaul (R-TX) Gregory Meeks (D-NY) James Moran (D-VA) Collin Peterson (D-MN) Tom Petri (R-WI) Joe Pitts (R-PA) Jared Polis (D-CO) Mike Quigley (D-IL) Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) Pete Sessions (R-TX) Brad Sherman (D-CA) Scott Tipton (R-CO) Christopher Van Hollen (D-MD) Tim Walberg (R-MI) Tim Walz (D-MN) Frederica Wilson (D-FL) Joe Wilson (R-South Carolina) Todd Young (R-IN)
1975: OPEC holds a meeting in Algiers, attended for the first time by its members’ top leaders. Here the Algiers Accord between Baghdad and Teheran put an end to their border dispute and brought all Iranian help to the Kurdish rebellion to a halt. The U.S. abruptly withdrew its support for the Kurds and the rebellion collapsed. Many thousands of Kurdish fighters and their families are forced to flee to Iran to escape the pursuing Iraqi army.