Baghdad will cooperate with Kurdish forces to try to drive militant out of Mosul, Iraq’s foreign minister said on Wednesday, a day after an al Qaeda splinter group seized the country’s second biggest city.

“There will be closer cooperation between Baghdad and the regional Kurdistan government to work together and flush out these foreign fighters,” Hoshyar Zebari said on the sidelines of a EU-Arab League meeting in Athens.

He did not give details about the cooperation between the two forces. The Kurdish Peshmerga have long been a force in the jockeying between Shi’ites, Kurds and Sunnis for influence and control of northern Iraqi oilfields. […]