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Michael Fallon, British defence minister, speaks to Peshmerga in Erbil on Feb. 12. Video: Rudaw
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Standing in front of Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the Kurdistan Region’s capital of Erbil, the United Kingdom’s Defense Minister Michael Fallon, recognized the heroism and bravery of Kurds who stood against ISIS when no one else would in 2014.
"I remember just a few years ago when only the Peshmerga stood between Daesh domination and freedom. It was your heroism that helped inspire the fight back,” Fallon said on Sunday after a meeting with British advisors who have trained more than 7,000 Peshmerga.
Fallon recognized the sacrifices and congratulated the Peshmerga for their performance in operations to liberate Mosul.
"The fight isn't over," Fallon said. "We now move from east to west Mosul — not just to route the enemy out of your land, but to restore security to your homes and people."
He said Kurds and the Brits face the same security threats, and reiterated continued support after ISIS is military removed from the remaining 10-percent of Iraqi territory it posses.
"We remain with you in the fight, but we also stand ready to assist you when the fight is over, providing humanitarian aid, helping your people return to their homes,” Fallon added.
"It is an honor for me to meet those who are in the front line in the fight against terrorism. On behalf of the British people, I thank you for your immense efforts," he said.
Earlier in the day, Fallon met with Kurdish President Masoud Barzani, and other top officials.