VIDEO: John Kerry Meets Iraqi PM, Officials in Baghdad

Fri Apr 8, 2016 18:54:16

US Secretary of State John Kerry has visited Iraq to purportedly show support for the country’s government embroiled in a political crisis and give patronage for Iraq’s fight against ISIS.

Kerry met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, and the prime minister of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region, Nechirvan Barzani, on Friday.

Kerry told journalists in Baghdad that the US and Iraq will "turn up the pressure" on ISIS. "The coalition will work with Iraq to turn up the pressure even further."

The trip will "underscore our strong support for the Iraqi government as it addresses significant security, economic, and political challenges," US State Department spokesman John Kirby said earlier on Friday.

According to Kirby, the secretary of state, who is visiting Iraq for the first time since 2014, will "discuss the (US-led) coalition's continued support for Iraqi-led efforts against" Daesh terrorists, who were initially trained by the CIA in Jordan in 2012 to destabilize the Syrian government.

The terrorists now control large parts of Iraq and Syria. They are engaged in crimes against humanity in the areas under their control.

However, Iraq’s armed forces have retaken some key towns and villages, including Tikrit and Baiji in Salahuddin Province and the city of Ramadi, the capital of the western province of Anbar.

Iraq’s economy has also suffered by the plunge in global oil prices that has shriveled its main source of revenue, Press TV reported.



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