Barzani and PYD leader discuss anti-ISIS efforts in Erbil

ERBIL, Kurdistan (Rudaw) — Kurdish President Masoud Barzani and Leader of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) Salih Muslim held a meeting in Erbil Tuesday to discuss the latest war efforts against the Islamic State (ISIS).

US Deputy Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS Brett McGurk broke the news of the meeting on twitter.

“Important meetings today in Erbil w/President Masud Barzani & PYD’s on combined efforts against ISIL,” said McGurk on his twitter account.

Masoud Barzani, president of Kurdistan region
Masoud Barzani, president of Kurdistan region

PYD’s armed wing the Peoples Protection Units (YPG) have been effectively fighting ISIS across the Kurdish areas of Syria (Rojava), most notably in Kobani and Hasakah.

It is believed that most coalition airstrikes against ISIS in Rojava are coordinated through the main coalition and Peshmerga headquarters in Erbil.

Muslim was in the Kurdistan Region last October where he signed an agreement with other Syrian Kurdish groups in Duhok to coordinate their operations against ISIS.

Also in a separate tweet McGurk reported that US Lieutenant General James L. Terry had held a meeting with Barzani on the “ongoing Peshmerga ops [operations] against ISIL terrorists,”