The United States Vice President Joe Biden made a phone call to Iraqi Kurdistan Regional President Masoud Barzani and congratulated him for Peshmerga’s defeat of DAESH and retaking of Sinjar, the White House said in a statement.
“The two leaders noted that this operation is part of a concerted campaign to increase pressure on ISIL [DAESH] in its heartland and disrupt supply routes between Mosul and Raqqa,” the statement said.
Kurdish Peshmerga forces backed by the US-led air strikes announced it defeated DAESH terrorists and seized full control of the city of Sinjar on Friday.
The two leaders emphasised that the pressure will continue and the Vice President “praised cooperation between the coalition and Peshmerga forces” and underscored the US’ “commitment to working with the global coalition, the Government of Iraq, and the Kurdistan Regional Government.”
Both leaders “agreed on the importance of continued close cooperation... in all areas, including the military, economic, and political lines of effort.”
Sinjar was a link for DAESH between Mosul and Raqqa -the de facto capital of the group’s self-proclaimed “caliphate”- and the capture of the city is predicted to prevent vital supplies from reaching the terrorists.