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ISIS wants to spoil security in Baghdad to retake other areas: Peshmerga Cmdr.

  2021-06-04  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Members of the Kurdish security forces take part in a patrol in Zumar, Ninevah province, Dec. 18, 2014. Photo by /Ari Jalal/ Reuters
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Islamic State (ISIS) militant group has plans to attack some areas in a bid to recapture them if it is able to shake the security of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, a Peshmerga commander said on Thursday (June 3). 

“Daesh (ISIS) previously was in the shape of sleeper cells, now it is an armed cell and later it may turn into a large force,” Nuri Hama Ali, the commander of Peshmerga Pirde Axis in western Kirkuk told Voice of America (VOA, using the Arabic acronym for the militant group. 

“Baghdad is expected to perplex further, because some of the forces whose authorities have been restricted want to shake. They move in a way that may worsen the Baghdad street, thus Daesh has prepared and may cause big harm,” Hama Ali said.

On Friday, the ISIS claimed responsibility for a bombing in Kadhimiya area in Baghdad on Thursday that left four dead and at least twenty wounded. 

Regarding rumors that several ISIS inmates will be transported to the Kurdistan Region amid fear of attack by the militant group on a prison in Kirkuk, the Peshmerga official said there are “prominent Daesh figures. The aim of Daesh is to defeat the prison and rescue its militants.”

Erbil and Baghdad have recently formed four joint cooperation enters to counter ISIS in the disputed areas and an Iraqi military official said on Wednesday the centers had started their work. 

“I do not believe in the room at any rate. If they [federal authorities] want to have practical cooperation, lets cooperate in other ways, if not what is the use of a Peshmerga officer goes to K1 base and sit there,” he said. 

“If Iraq [Iraqi government] is right, let’s the Peshmerga and defense ministries cooperate. I told the military commander in Kirkuk that we will stay and not withdraw if there is dangerous and sedition in any areas [when we capture them],” the commander further said.

Iraq declared the fall of the self-styled caliphate of the ISIS in December 2017, but the security remains fragile in the country, except for the territories in the Kurdistan Region.

Attacks by ISIS militants are scarce in the Kurdistan Region, but ISIS militants stage hit-and-run attacks intermittently, exploiting security gaps in the defense lines between the Peshmerga and federal security forces in the disputed territories. 

The disputed areas are a belt of areas stretching from Nineveh through Kirkuk to Diyala provinces, where the Peshmerga forces were expelled Following the 2017 aborted independence referendum that led to the creation of security void. 

In May, at least four Peshmerga members were killed and at least two were wounded in two attacks by the militant group in Qayabashi and Omarbli villages near Altun Kupri (Pirde) and Zinana sub-districts in southern Erbil and Sulaimani.

ISIS militants perpetrated 456 terrorist acts in 2019, 270 in 2020 and 51 acts in the first three months of 2021, according to Jabbar Yawar, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs.

(Zhyan English)