Iraqi PM, KRG president discuss plan to retake Mosul

Iraqi PM, KRG president discuss plan to retake Mosul

Iraqi PM, KRG president discuss plan to retake Mosul Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Masoud Barzani, president of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq, have discussed an upcoming military campaign to retake the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)-held city of Mosul. 
“Discussions held with President Barzani today [Sept. 29] tackled the upcoming campaign to retake Mosul and how to overcome common security and economic challenges,” al-Abadi was quoted as saying by state-run Anadolu Agency at a joint press conference in Baghdad with the KRG leader on Sept. 29. 

“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,” using an Arabic acronym for ISIL. 

“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 [the] future - must be based on mutual understanding.” 

The KRG president arrived in Baghdad on Sept. 29 in his first visit to the Iraqi capital in three years.        
In mid-2014, ISIL 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 coalition led by the U.S. - retake much territory from the jihadist group. Nevertheless, ISIL 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.