President Barzani and U. S. Secretary of Defense meet in Erbil
President Massoud Barzani received a United States Department of Defense Delegation headed by Secretary Ashton Carter. The U.S. delegation included State Department and other diplomatic personnel.
During the meeting, President Barzani and Secretary Carter discussed the latest military operations against the terrorists of the Islamic State in Kurdistan, Iraq and other areas in the region. The two also discussed yesterday's terrorists’ attacks across a number of fronts in the Kurdistan Region.
Secretary Carter conveyed President Obama's message to President Barzani that the United States will continue to support the Kurdistan Region and that the partnership between the United States and the Kurdistan Region has been further solidified since the start of the terrorists attacks in the summer of 2014. Secretary Carter stated that in recent communications with other allies, he has asked them for more support for the Peshmerga forces of the Kurdistan Region.
President Barzani on his part expressed his appreciation to the United States government for its military support against Islamic State and added that their support has indeed been essential to defeating the terrorists.
Mr. Carter, on a trip through the region, has been urging coalition partners to do more as part of Washington’s effort to intensify the campaign against Islamic State. But Iraq’s central government so far has been reluctant to accept offers of additional American help, including deployments of Apache attack helicopters, officials said.