Salahadin, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, ( President Masoud Barzani received a United States military delegation headed by Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, the Commander of the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve. During the meeting President Barzani and General Towsend reviewed the latest developments in the operations against the terrorists of the Islamic State, most particularly the Mosul operation which is in its final stages.

The President reiterated his position of the importance of planning for post-liberation Mosul where its management must first and foremost be representative of all the religious and ethnic components of Mosul.

General Towsend made reference to the great role played by the Peshmerga forces in the ongoing war against the terrorists of the Islamic State. He also conveyed his condolences to the families and loved ones of those who have paid the ultimate price during this challenging war against the terrorists. The General also stated that the coordination between the Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi forces has been excellent and added that that coordination will further expedite the defeating of the terrorists in the areas that remain under the control of the terrorists.

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