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Obama meets Iraqi Kurd leader

Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani gestures during a joint press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Hadier al-Abadi in Arbil, the capital of the Kurdish autonomous region in northern Iraq, on April 6, 2015US President Barack Obama met the head of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region at the White House on Tuesday, courting a vital ally on the frontline of the fight against Islamic militants. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met Massud Barzani to discuss the campaign to regain Iraqi territory lost to the Islamic State group. A US-led coalition has carried out more than 3,000 air strikes over Iraq since September in a bid to dislodge the jihadists. The city, a short distance from the Kurdish capital Arbil, holds special significance for the Islamic State militants.

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