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The White House
Office of the Vice President
For Immediate Release

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call With Iraqi Kurdistan Regional President Masoud Barzani

The Vice President spoke with Iraqi Kurdistan Regional President Masoud Barzani to congratulate him on the Kurdish Peshmerga success against ISIL in Sinjar. The two leaders noted that this operation is part of a concerted campaign to increase pressure on ISIL in its heartland and disrupt supply routes between Mosul and Raqqa. They emphasized that this pressure will continue over the coming weeks and months. ‎The Vice President praised cooperation between the coalition and Peshmerga forces and underscored the United States’ strong commitment to working with the global coalition, the Government of Iraq, and the Kurdistan Regional Government to continue to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL.  Both leaders agreed on the importance of continued close cooperation in the fight against ISIL in all areas, including the military, economic, and political lines of effort.