SULAIMANI — Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, the U.S. National Security Advisor said the U.S. is “committed to the success of the Kurds in Iraq,” at the Jamestown Foundation’s 11th Annual Terrorism Conference on December 13. “Resolving the crisis, the problem between the Kurdistan Regional Government and Iraq is a big priority for President Trump, Secretary Tillerson and the whole team,” he says.
He reminded his audience that the U.S. has been helping the Kurds since 1991 to prevent atrocities and brutality by the Saddam Hussein regime. “See what happened,” he said. “You see the growth of these beautiful cities like Sulaimani, Erbil and Dohuk, and the return of populations to them.”
McMaster repeated, ‘the U.S. wants to see a strong and united Iraq.’ The U.S. administration is concerned that Iran has been a threat to the country, by infiltrating and subverting the Iraqi government to take advantage of it, he says. Keeping Iraq strong and not vulnerable to the influence of Iran depends on reducing tensions between the Kurdish region and the Iraq government and is an important component of U.S policy in the region he said on Wednesday and in previous speeches.
Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster was appointed the twenty-sixth National Security Advisor by United States President Donald Trump on February 20, 2017. The first active duty officer to hold the post since Colin Powell under former President Ronald Reagan, he is not afraid to challenge authority and has come under fire many times in the Trump administration for his leadership style.