Iraqi PM, Kurdish leader agree on plan to retake Mosul

Kurdish Regional Government chief visits Baghdad for first time in three years

Iraqi PM, Kurdish leader agree on plan to retake Mosul

World Bulletin / News Desk

 Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Masoud Barzani, president of northern Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government (KRG), have agreed on a military plan to retake the Daesh-held city of Mosul. 

"Discussions held with President Barzani today [Thursday] tackled the upcoming campaign to retake Mosul and how to overcome common security and economic challenges," al-Abadi said at a joint press conference in Baghdad with the KRG leader. 

"The federal government [of Iraq] supports the political, security and economic stability of the Kurdistan region," the prime minister asserted.

"But there are some issues that have not been resolved since [the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in] 2003," he added.

"We discussed those issues today with a view to shouldering our responsibility to provide all Iraqis with a decent life, including residents of the [Kurdish] region," he said.

"We have reached the final stages of planning the liberation of Mosul," al-Abadi went on. "Coordination is ongoing between army commanders in Baghdad, military leaders in Kurdistan and the international coalition." 

Barzani, for his part, stressed: "Our priority is to defeat terrorism and cleanse Iraq of the Daesh terrorist group." 

"We have held talks with Prime Minister al-Abadi and have agreed on many issues," he said. "There has been positive coordination between the federal government [in Baghdad] and the KRG regarding the Mosul campaign." 

Barzani added: "Our relations with Baghdad -- now and in future -- must be based on mutual understanding."

The KRG president arrived in Baghdad on Thursday in his first visit to the Iraqi capital in three years. 

In mid-2014, Daesh captured Mosul -- Iraq’s second largest city -- along with vast swathes of territory in the country’s northern and western regions. 

Recent months have seen the Iraqi army -- backed by a 60-nation coalition led by the U.S. -- retake much territory. Nevertheless, Daesh remains in control of several parts of the country, including Mosul. 

Iraqi troops and Kurdish peshmerga fighters have recently captured a number of areas on the outskirts of Mosul, which Iraqi officials have vowed to recapture by year’s end.  

 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Eylül 2016, 08:48
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