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

Middle East

McGurk says 'follow through critical' for Iraq, Syria ahead of anti-ISIS summit

By Rudaw 10/7/2018
People use makeshift ferries to cross the Euphrates River in Raqqa, Syria, in July 2018, almost nine months after the city was liberated from ISIS. Photo: Rudaw TV
People use makeshift ferries to cross the Euphrates River in Raqqa, Syria, in July 2018, almost nine months after the city was liberated from ISIS. Photo: Rudaw TV
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Ahead of an anti-ISIS coalition ministerial meeting in Brussels on Thursday, the US's point man toured Iraq, the Kurdistan Region, and northern Syria to get a better assessment of conditions on the ground.

"Spent five days in Iraq and Syria focused on completing campaign to defeat ISIS and stability in liberated areas," tweeted Brett McGurk, the US Special Presidential Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS.

Fifty-two members of the coalition representing their foreign offices will meet in Brussels on Thursday. 

 


McGurk added: "Follow through critical."

He posted photos from northeast Syria, showing water and agriculture projects.

"Much more work to do in both countries to recover from ISIS," tweeted McGurk.

 


The envoy has survived three presidential administrations, since first coming to Baghdad in 2004 during the provisional authority period.

On Monday, McGurk met with Masoud Barzani in Erbil, who stepped down as the Kurdistan Region's president and commander of its security forces in 2017, but still heads the powerful Kurdistan Democratic Party.

"Mr. McGurk also made reference to the fact that the United States government will continue to support Iraq and the Kurdistan Region," read a statement from Barzani's office.

The Peshmerga were instrumental in partnering with the coalition in disputed areas, which Erbil claims, but Baghdad now controls. Additionally, the coalition used airports in Erbil and Sulaimani to provide logistical support in the three-year ISIS conflict.

Both sides discussed "the latest regional developments and the on-going efforts to exterminate the terrorists of the Islamic State in Iraq, Syria and beyond."

 


The coalition supports the Syrian Democratic Forces in Rojava. The SDF has conducted joint border operations with the Iraqi Army, but not substantial operations with KRG Peshmerga since the Kobane liberation in 2015.

"The two sides also spoke of the developments in Syrian Kurdistan and possible collective efforts to help further stabilize their areas," added the statement from Barzani's office.

The coalition meeting in Brussels will follow a top-level NATO meeting, attended by heads of government. At last year's NATO summit, the treaty organization became a coalition member, paving the way for the training of Iraqi Security Forces and closer relations between Western militaries and the Iraqis.

In past conflicts in the Middle East, a lack of interest in sustainable stabilization allowed the re-emergence of extremist groups in the absence of strong states. In Syria, McGurk has expressed a willingness to facilitate infrastructure in areas which were liberated by the SDF from ISIS. At the same time US President Trump has called for regional countries to play a larger role in resolving the conflict.

Comments

 
Ke | 10/7/2018
Most of the area he has been to is Kurdistan not northern this and that fake constructed countries out of collapsed Ottoman regions. If the Kurdish leadership had any honor or self dignity they would not receive or sit down with anyone who refers fo Kurdistan as northern this and that. Kick out every news corpertation and NGO that doesn't use the correct term from now on, it costs nothing and most if not all will follow suit, if they rather not use the correct term then they are against Kurds and shouldn't be operating in Kurdistan
pete | 11/7/2018
@ Ke - what “Kurdish leadership” ?
Post a New Comment
Comment as a guest or Login for more enhanced interactive experience

Be Part of Your Rudaw!

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

What You Say

Zagros | 7/20/2018 5:27:06 AM
Pete, if you had traveled the world as you claim then you'd have known that Rojava is not the most egalitarian system in the world. You'd have known...
Outsider | 7/21/2018 4:36:24 AM
The PKK/KCK/PYD/YPG reminds me on the political system in the "good old" Communist countries... yes you have a choice.. hence claiming demo...
Assad or Turkey? Uncertainty surrounds future of Qamishli
| 17/7/2018 | (13)
Shaxawan | 7/18/2018 7:35:12 AM
All what US gave us is some scraps whike they support Irani militias and Sunna Arabs with the most developed weapons. Shame on you US, still seeks...
Robert Patrick Shuttlesworth | 7/21/2018 3:33:58 AM
My fellow Americans, why are we allowing our leaders to ask permission to form Kurdish security forces, from some of the very people the Kurds have...
US to arm two more Peshmerga brigades – if Baghdad permits it
| 16/7/2018 | (4)
Mohamedzzz | 7/19/2018 5:39:19 PM
''A deal was reached Tuesday between regime-backer Russia and rebel-ally Turkey''... I always said Turkey 'IS' the problem, Problems cannot be solved...
kurd | 7/21/2018 2:21:45 AM
Mohammaedzzz@ you have always been wrong. the main problem for kurds is PKK+YPG. they are cancerous cell on body of kurdistan. they are in service...
Thousands evacuate pro-regime Syria towns
| 19/7/2018 | (3)
Dlawar | 7/20/2018 10:33:10 PM
The regime is often described is smart or shrwed but they're not, even dumber are the nationalists who are against the regime but happily applaud...
Family says execution of Kurdish prisoner in Iran is imminent
| yesterday at 10:57 | (1)

Elsewhere on Rudaw

Parties eager for skilled politicians in next Kurdistan parliament 2 hours ago |

Parties eager for skilled politicians in next Kurdistan parliament

"If we want to have a strong government, our MPs more
Stacks of cash change hands at Erbil’s currency exchange market 5 hours ago |

Stacks of cash change hands at Erbil’s currency exchange market

Security is surprisingly lax more
Alcohol sales, consumption banned in Saladin province 5 hours ago |

Alcohol sales, consumption banned in Saladin province

Residents have compared the ban to the strict more
0.234 seconds