ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Iraqi forces announced on Saturday morning the launch of a new military campaign to track down ISIS fighters in areas north of Baghdad.
The Joint Operations Command said in a statement that Iraqi security forces this morning launched a “large-scale security operation in areas north of the capital, Baghdad, with air support from the military. air, military aviation and international coalition aviation “.
The statement added that the operation, which was launched at 6 a.m. local time, included units of the special forces, federal police, Popular Mobilization Forces and other security forces.
Its aim is to “hunt down ISIS terrorist gangs in these areas,” the command said.
More than three years after ISIS lost its territorial claims in Iraq, killings and other insurgent-type operations have continued, especially in the disputed territories between Baghdad and Erbil.
The dispute between the Kurdistan regional government and Baghdad after the expulsion of the Peshmerga forces from the disputed territory in 2017 has led to a security loophole that can be exploited by the terrorist group.
Recently, the US-led coalition against ISIS has encouraged the formation of Peshmerga-Iraqi military coordination centers to help track down ISIS fighters in disputed areas. The joint Kurdish-Iraqi brigades are expected to start operations in a few weeks.