ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – The vice-president of the United States Joseph Biden on Tuesday extended his country’s support for the joint efforts of the Peshmerga and Iraqi forces in the fight against the Islamic State (IS).
In a phone conversation, VP Biden and the President of the Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani discussed the latest developments in the efforts of retaking Mosul from the extremist group, according to the Kurdistan Region Presidency (KRP) media office.
In the phone call, Biden praised the role of Peshmerga forces in the Mosul military operation which started on Oct. 17 from the eastern side of the city.
Moreover, VP Biden “expressed his condolences to the families and loved ones of those who paid [the] ultimate price.”
The vice-president also mentioned Washington would extend its support to the Iraqi and Kurdistan Region forces in their joint efforts to liberate Mosul from IS control.
President Barzani praised the US’ support to Peshmerga forces as well as the military cooperation between Iraqi and Kurdish troops in the Mosul offensive.
IS occupied Mosul in June 2014. Shortly after, the group expanded to other provinces in Iraq including Nineveh, Diyala, Salahaddin, and Anbar.
Since then, the insurgent group lost most of the territory it once controlled and continues to shrink as security forces began the military operation on the group’s self-proclaimed capital.
The advance of security forces to retake Mosul has been slow in the past weeks.
According to military commanders, IS booby traps, suicide car bombs, and fleeing civilians have affected the operation.
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany