Daesh seized Iraq’s second largest city in July 2014 when Iraqi forces retreated, leaving the city vulnerable to the terror group that has maintained its grip ever since.
Obama said he and Abadi have been focusing on retaking the city and the “challenging battle” that lies ahead.
“Mosul is a large city, and ISIL has embedded itself deeply within that city,” Obama said emphasizing that coordination between the U.S., Iraqi forces and Kurdish peshmerga fighters has led the U.S. to “feel confident that we will be in a position to move forward fairly rapidly.”
The pair also discussed the importance of rebuilding Mosul “in a way that assures not only ISIL does not come back, but extremist ideologies born out of desperation do not return,” according to Obama.
Vice President Joe Biden will meet Abadi Thursday.
Author: Michael Hernandez