Biden Pledges Continued U.S. Support To Iraq
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden pledged the country’s continued support to Iraq as the battle against Islamic State (ISIS) militants continues in and around Mosul.
The White House released a statement saying that Biden spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to discuss the campaign to defeat ISIS and the ongoing Mosul offensive.
Biden commended the continued cooperation between the Iraqi security forces and the Peshmerga forces in the fight against ISIS, according to the statement.
“The Vice President pledged continued U.S. support pursuant to our Strategic Framework Agreement,” the statement read.
Biden also reaffirmed U.S. respect for Iraq’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, the White House statement also added.
Kurdish and Iraqi forces began the much-anticipated offensive to regain control of Mosul on October 17 after an official decree by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
The Mosul campaign, which aims to crush the Iraqi half of ISIS’ declared caliphate, is expected to be the largest fight in Iraq since the 2003 U.S. invasion.