The Iraqi officials visited the Gwer frontline on Friday and discussed the current situation in the area with the Kurdish Peshmerga forces.
On Friday, Iraqi Defense Minister Khalid Obeidi, Iraqi Vice-President Osama al-Nujeifi and a number of other Iraqi officials visited the Gwer frontline, south of Erbil. They were received by the Peshmerga Commander in the area, Sirwan Barzani.
In the following press conference, Obeidi pointed out that the successes of Peshmerga forces have given the Iraqi army a boost in confidence.
“We make no difference between Iraqi Army and Peshmerga forces.”
He continued by addressing issues in the wider area, “I assure the residents of Mosul city that civilians won’t be damaged,” said Obeidi.
Furthermore, Nujeifi stated that they are preparing for a large-scale operation in the city. He noted that after Peshmerga successes in Sinjar, Islamic State (IS) militants have lost confidence in Mosul and are forcibly conscripting to bolster their ranks.
Barzani reiterated that cooperation with the Iraqi army continues, “The Baghdad government has sent some weapons to the Peshmerga Ministry.”