I congratulate the Iraqi Security Forces for their tremendous recent progress as we work together to defeat Da’esh and liberate all Iraqi territory. The United States and coalition are proud of the contribution we have made to the continued defeat by the Iraqi Security Forces of Da’esh. There have recently been reports of U.S. helicopter raids in Hawija and Kirkuk. As Defense Minister Obaidi and numerous other Iraqi officials have stated, reports of these raids are untrue. I want to stress what I have said many times before: Iraqi sovereignty is sacred and must be respected. All Coalition activities conducted in Iraq are and will be in consultation with the Iraqi government.