The United States is opening an air base in the Kurdistan Region, and planes based there will carry out surveillance missions but not bombing raids, a Kurdish official said.

Helgurd Hekmat, spokesman for the Kurdish Peshmerga forces fighting on the ground against ISIS, said that US military planes and personnel would be deployed at the new base, which was still under construction.

“The base Is close to Erbil,” he told Turkey’s Anadolu Agency, without giving more details. “The aircraft will carry out surveillance,” he added, “but those on bombing missions will not take off from the new base.” […]