Iraqi forces, Peshmerga launch joint anti-ISIS operation in disputed territories
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The Iraqi army and Peshmerga forces in the Kurdistan region launched a joint military operation against the remnants of ISIS in the areas disputed by Baghdad and Erbil on Sunday morning.
The joint venture was the first after the establishment of security cooperation centers in the regions, which became hotbeds of ISIS activity following the group’s territorial defeat in Iraq in 2017.
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The operations took place in the villages surrounding Kifri, Tuz Khurmatu and in the province of Kirkuk, including the localities of Palkana, Qorichai and Balaga.
In a harsh response to the referendum on the independence of the Kurdistan region in 2017, Iraqi forces and Iranian-backed militias of the Popular Mobilization Forces (FMP) pushed the Peshmerga back from the disputed territories. Since then, areas have suffered from a lack of unified military communication and strategy over large swathes of land stretching from Khanaqin in central Diyala province to Kirkuk and north to several areas surrounding Mosul.
Iraqi federal counterterrorism units and Peshmerga forces participated in the manhunt operation as they searched for ISIS militants as well as hidden bases, tunnels and caches. weapons.
The Italian Air Force, as part of the US-led coalition to defeat ISIS, provided support for the mission.
Kurdistan Region Vice President of Military Affairs Sheikh Jafar Cheikh Mustafa wrote in a tweet that the operation was “very successful”, adding that “many ISIS vehicles were destroyed”.
It is happening now; under the direct order of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces @ IKRPresident, joined the operations between the special forces of the commandos and the Iraqi STC, clearing the villages of Palkana, Qorichai and Balaga from ISIS, very successful operations. Numerous #Isis vehicles were destroyed. @ Kurdistan region pic.twitter.com/8FHCXNg1Ha
– Sheikh Jaafar Sheikh Mustafa (@ SheikhJaafarSh1) June 6, 2021
The director of the Kurdish Coordination Center of the anti-ISIS coalition, Colonel Dave Williams, also describe the joint operation as a “prime example” of collaboration in a separate post on social media Sunday.
Edited by John J. Catherine