US-led coalition shifts focus on Mosul liberation

Militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) stand guard at a checkpoint in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. File photo

ARA News 

QAMISHLO – The US-led coalition held meetings with the Kurds and the Iraqi government to accelerate the campaign to defeat ISIS in Mosul after the radical group was almost completely defeated in Fallujah.

On Sunday, anti-ISIS envoy Brett McGurk met with Kurdish president Masoud Barzani, and Faleh al-Fayad, the Iraqi national-security adviser in Erbil, to prepare the ground for the ‘coming liberation of Mosul’.

Mosul is the main bastion for the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq. Since taking over Mosul in summer of 2014, the group has been under attacks by the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Iraqi army troops, supported by the US-led coalition. 

“With President Barzani and Iraq’s NSA Fayyad today in Erbil preparing pol-mil plan for Mosul’s full liberation,” McGurk wrote on Twitter on Sunday.

The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Foreign Minister Falah Mustafa also confirmed that there was a productive meeting between the Kurdish president, US officials, and Iraqi officials for the political and military campaign for Mosul.

However, the Kurdish security chief Masrour Barzani has warned a few weeks ago that “this war cannot be won through military means alone”.

“On Mosul, meaningful political progress is needed to win the peace after ISIS is defeated,” he said. “The future of our region depends on key communities reaching a principle agreement that offers political and security guarantees.” 

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg 

Source: ARA News 

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