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Iraqi Kurd leader to visit US for talks next week

Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani gestures during a press conference in Arbil on April 6, 2015The White House will next week host the head of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region, a frontline ally in the fight against Islamic militants, a US official said Thursday. Massud Barzani will meet with both President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden only weeks after a landmark visit by new Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. The Kurdish leader will arrive on Sunday for a week-long visit which will also include talks on Wednesday with Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken to discuss “the combined campaign to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL,” State Department acting spokeswoman Marie Harf said.

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