A Peshmerga fighter firing machine gun in clashes with ISIS in the Yezidi region in northern Iraq. File photo
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AMUDE – Iraqi Kurdistan’s Peshmerga forces will play a critical role amongst others in the anti-ISIS Mosul operation, the US Central Command said on Wednesday.
“We have a very aggressive and I think a very interactive planning process going on, that includes the Peshmerga, thew ISF and other entities in Iraq in making sure that we have the right mix of forces to do this,” General Joseph L. Votel of the US Central Command told reporters.
“In my recent discussions with President Barzani [of Iraqi Kurdistan] as recently as week or so ago, he continued to commit his pledge to continue to work with the Iraqi security forces in helping with us,” he said.
On Monday, a top Kurdish delegation met with the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi in Baghdad and reached agreements on oil exports and discussed the impending battle for Mosul.
“So we expect everyone to play a critical role in the Mosul operation and so far I think we’re seeing that,” Votel said.
“And we’re seeing good interchange right now between the military and political elements to continue to address all the very complex issues that have to be addressed in a large urban area like Mosul,” he added.
Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg
Source: ARA News