Kurdistan President Barzani, US Defense Secretary discuss Mosul operation

President Barzani, US Defense Secretary discuss Mosul operation
Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani (L), US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter. (Photo: KRP)

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – The Kurdistan Region President and the United States Secretary of Defense on Wednesday spoke over the phone emphasizing the continued coordination between Peshmerga forces, Iraqi army, and the US-led Coalition.

Masoud Barzani, President of the Kurdistan Region, and Ashton Carter, the US Defense Secretary, had a conversation over the phone to discuss the latest developments in the Mosul offensive.

Moreover, the pair addressed the prospects of continuing the coordination between partners who were fighting the Islamic State (IS).

According to a statement released on the Kurdistan Region Presidency (KRP) website, Carter congratulated President Barzani on the victories of Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi army against IS.

Additionally, the US Secretary of Defense praised the positive coordination and joint work between Kurdish forces and the Iraqi army.

“Both sides stressed the need and importance of continuous coordination between the coalition, Peshmerga, and the Iraqi army, and particularly between the Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi security forces,” the KRP statement added.

President Barzani and Carter exchanged ideas on the steps required to liberate Mosul and its surrounding areas, and described the stages of the operation as successful so far, the statement said.

President Barzani thanked the people, government, and the US army for supporting Peshmerga in the war against terrorism, the statement continued.

On July 12, 2016, the Kurdistan Region and the US signed a memorandum of understanding for the assistance of Peshmerga.

The memorandum made references to military and financial support for the Kurdish forces and also related to some of the details of the Mosul operation.


Editing by Karzan Sulaivany

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    MartinArcher Friday, 25 November 2016
  • The conversation with Mr. Carter was meaningless. He is in the process of being replaced. Nothing he says or promises is worth anything because the new Trump administration considers the current US policy and its policymakers to be failures. It is unknown whether the US will continue to pursue the current policy of driving the Kurds back under the control of Baghdad by refusing to arm them with modern weapons so they can defend themselves.