Iraq's Defense Minister Meets Barzani For Talks On Anti-Isis Efforts

Iraq's Defense Minister Meets Barzani For Talks On Anti-Isis Efforts

Iraq's Defense Minister Irfan al-Hiyali arrived on Saturday (April 29) in Erbil to meet with Masoud Barzani for talks on the fight against Islamic State (ISIS).

The official website of the Kurdistan Region Presidency (KRP) reported that Barzani and Hiyali held discussions in a meeting that was also attended by a commander of the Iraqi Air Force, Lieutenant General Anwar Hamad Amin, the Kurdish Interior Minister, and the acting Peshmerga Minister Karim Sinjari.

Iraq's Defense Minister and Barzani discussed the latest security developments and anti-ISIS efforts in Iraq and the region, according to the KRP website.

There were reportedly talks held around post-ISIS Mosul and the situation in recaptured areas, as well as ongoing military cooperation between Iraqi forces and the Peshmerga.

Iraqi and Kurdish forces began the offensive to regain control of Mosul on October 17 after an official decree by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

Iraqi Army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Othman al-Ghanemi said on Friday (April 28) that Iraqi forces will drive Islamic State (ISIS) out of Mosul within a maximum of a three-week period.