Iraq PM says he will cooperate with Kurds to liberate Nineveh

Iraqi Kurdish regional President Massoud Barzani (R) meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi at Arbil International Airport April 6, 2015. REUTERS Photo

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the Baghdad government would work with Kurdish authorities to liberate the northern province of Nineveh from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants.

During his first visit to the Kurdistan region since becoming Prime Minister last year, Abadi said Baghdad and Erbil faced a common enemy and would improve ties to help confront the threat.

“Our visit to Erbil today is to coordinate and cooperate on a joint plan to liberate the people of Nineveh,” Abadi said at a joint news conference with Kurdish President Massoud Barzani on April 6.

Abadi declined to lay out a timetable for the plan to retake Nineveh, of which Mosul is capital, in order not to lose the “element of surprise”…

Wow! That’s big of him. It would hard to liberate Nineveh without the Kurds.