Vice President Joe Biden called Iraq’s president Friday and pledged that the U.S. is committed to supporting the government “from north to south” in its fight against the al-Qaeda breakaway group ISIS, the White House said.
The commitment to Iraqi President Fuad Masum comes a day after President Barack Obama authorized airstrikes against ISIS fighters and airdrops of supplies to civilians trapped on Mount Sinjar in northwest Iraq. On Friday, U.S. drones and fighter jets launched attacks against mortar and artillery positions, killing some fighters, and bombed a convoy of vehicles, the Pentagon said.
“Vice President Biden reiterated President Obama's commitment to assist and protect innocent Iraqi civilians trapped on Mount Sinjar and bolster Iraq's ability to take the fight to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant,” the White House said in a statement, referring to an alternate name for the group also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. Biden also urged Masum to better coordinate Iraqi forces to fight ISIS.
— Phil Helsel