Sign In / Up

Add contribution as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Comment as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Login

Not a member Register   Forgot Password
or connect using
 

Email

 

Rudaw

Kurdistan

Barzani congratulates Abadi for Tal Afar, urges continued coordination

By Rudaw 2/9/2017
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani. Composite photo: AFP/Rudaw
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani. Composite photo: AFP/Rudaw

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi discussed the war on ISIS during a phone call on Sunday that came as Muslims celebrate the Eid al-Adha holiday.


According to the statement from the Kurdistan Region’s presidency, Barzani congratulated Abadi on the occasion of Eid and the victory of the Iraqi army and the liberation of the town of Tal Afar.

Abadi declared the full liberation of Nineveh province after Tel Afar and its sub-districts had been cleared on Thursday morning.

Iraqi security forces including the Army, Federal Police, Counter-Terrorism, Rapid Response, and the Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitary unit participated in the swift 11-day operation.

Kurdish Peshmerga forces were commended by US Army Lt. General Stephen Townsend, the commander of the US-led Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria, for maintaining a northern defensive line to prevent ISIS militants in Tal Afar from fleeing into Syria.

After completion of Tal Afar, Iraq’s Joint Operation Centre (JOC) announced that Hawija would be next. The JOC published on Friday video of a military convoy headed for Hawija in preparation for operations.

Barzani also stressed to Abadi the continuation of coordination and shared work between Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi army in the war against ISIS.

The expected operation will include Peshmerga, who control area on five fronts to the north and east of the Hawija pocket, and the Iraqi army and Hashd al-Shaabi. 

Kurdish forces were prepared to begin the Hawija offensive a year ago, before Mosul, but the launch was repeatedly delayed.

Since mid-2014, ISIS has held control of Hawija, a mainly Sunni Arab city just 55 kilometers southwest of Kirkuk.

The Coalition expects the Iraqi and Kurdish security forces to coordinate well in their roles in Hawija.



"I’m sure they’ll [Peshmerga] play a major part in what will happen in Hawija," Colonel Ryan Dillon, a coalition spokesperson told Rudaw Saturday. 


Coalition Spokesperson Ryan Dillon, a US Army colonel, told Rudaw on Saturday.
Coalition Spokesperson Ryan Dillon, a US Army colonel, told Rudaw on Saturday.

Be Part of Your Rudaw!

Share your stories, photos and videos with Rudaw, and quite possibly the world.

What You Say

Muraz Adzhoev | 4/19/2018 12:34:34 PM
«Kurdish parties (voluntarily) are running for office (in occupied Kirkuk province and city of Southern Kurdistan) under direct (criminal, ...
Adam | 4/19/2018 1:32:46 PM
These traitors do not represent the kurdish people in my town Kirkuk, one day they will get the punishment they deserve.
Kurdish election posters in Kirkuk torn down
| 23 hours ago | (3)
Hamid Sayadi | 4/19/2018 9:20:07 AM
Keep Photos of Ochalan home please, So so bad test of brainless Kurds.So late learners. See your mother kicker enemy the Turks and learn.
anon | 4/19/2018 1:03:56 PM
kurd, even without pkk turkey would still hunt down every kurd and kill them. Turkey doesn't care about the PKK the PKK is a scapegoat in order to...
Kurds pursue diplomatic avenues to end ‘occupation’ of Afrin
| 16/4/2018 | (9)
Mohamedzzz | 4/19/2018 5:24:09 AM
Turkey should get out of Afrin.
kurd | 4/19/2018 12:55:51 PM
this is a good news. finally
Saudis consider sending troops to Syria, amid US calls for more Arab action
| 18/4/2018 | (3)
kurd | 4/19/2018 12:54:59 PM
this is a shallow analysis of situation in syria. In fact, USA should take out assad and turn syria into a federal state..
Striking Syria, US repeating same mistakes as in Iraq
| yesterday at 09:34 | (1)

Elsewhere on Rudaw

0.547 seconds