- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 16, 2014

A top White House official spent the past four days in Iraq meeting with Iraqi and United Nations officials about the fight against the Islamic State, administration officials announced Thursday.

Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken’s visit, revealed only as it came to an end, included stops in Baghdad, Dohuk and Erbil.

The trip comes as the White House faces increased criticism of its strategy to beat back the Islamic State — also known as ISIL or ISIS — which controls a large swath of territory across Syria and Iraq.

Mr. Blinken’s comprehensive discussions in Iraq covered the full range of issues at stake in our cooperation with the Iraqi government and people in the fight against ISIL,” National Security Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan said. “He expressed appreciation for the government of Iraq’s progress in forming an inclusive government and in resolving political differences so that the strongest possible force is brought to bear against ISIL.”


Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide