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President Barzani and U.S. Secretary of Defense meet in Erbil

Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, (presidency.gov.krd) – President Masoud Barzani received a United States Department of Defense delegation headed by Secretary Ashton Carter, and including a number of US Defense officials and military advisors.

President Barzani received the delegation with a number of Kurdistan Region officials including Mr. Masrour Barzani, the Chancellor of the Kurdistan Region Security Council.

In the meeting, President Barzani and Secretary Carter discussed the latest military operations against the terrorists of the Islamic State, ISIS, in Kurdistan, Iraq and other areas in the region. The two sides also discussed yesterday’s terrorist attacks across a number of front sectors in the Kurdistan Region.

They also discussed the anticipated operations, notably the liberation of Mosul from the control of the Islamic State terrorist organisation.

Secretary Carter conveyed President Obama’s message to President Barzani that the United States will continue to support the Kurdistan Region and the partnership between the United States and the Kurdistan Region which has been further strengthened after the start of the terrorist attacks in the Summer of 2014.

Secretary Carter stated that in recent communications with other allies, he urged further support for the Peshmerga forces of the Kurdistan Region.

President Barzani on his part expressed his appreciation to the United States government for its military support against the terrorists of the Islamic State, saying that the support has been essential to defeating the terrorists.

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