Posted on August 4, 2016 by Editorial Staff in Politics, Politics
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. Photo: Photo: DoD/EJ Hersom
WASHINGTON,— US Vice President Joe Biden in a phone call with Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider Abadi encouraged the Iraqi government to cooperate with the Kurdistan Regional Government to defeat the Islamic State group, the White House said in a press release on Wednesday.
Additionally, the two leaders discussed the urgent humanitarian situation facing Mosul ahead of the international campaign to recapture that city from the Daesh.
“The Vice President [Biden] conveyed continued US support for a unified, federal and democratic Iraq, and encouraged close cooperation between the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government as they take steps to put IS [Daesh] on a path to lasting defeat,” the release said.
Last week, Iraqi Defense Minister Khalid Obeidi said that the government will not allow the Kurdish Peshmerga forces to participate in the Mosul operation.
On Monday, Massoud Barzani said liberating Mosul without Peshmerga forces would be impossible, but said they would serve in a support role but will not enter the city.
The IS has controlled Iraq’s second largest city of Mosul for the past two years. Last month, the United Nations warned that the military operation to retake the city could displace 3.4 million people and cause a humanitarian crisis.