Biden and Barzani discuss Sinjar battle in northern Iraq

Iraqi Kurdistan Regional President Masoud Barzani, left, walks to West Wing of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, where he is scheduled to meet with Vice President Joe Biden

Iraqi Kurdistan Regional President Masoud Barzani, left, walks to West Wing of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, where he is scheduled to meet with Vice President Joe Biden


U.S. Vice President Joe Biden spoke with Iraqi Kurdish regional President Massoud Barzani on Tuesday about Kurdish forces’ success in seizing the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) last week, the White House said.

“The two leaders noted that this operation is part of a concerted campaign to increase pressure on (Islamic State) in its heartland and disrupt supply routes between Mosul and Raqqa,” the White House said in a statement, noting the pressure will continue “over the coming weeks and months.”


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