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Cooperation btw KRG, federal govt crucial for long-term stability

  2021-05-03  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Logos of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) (L), US-led Coalition Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) and The Government of Iraq and Government of Iraq - Graphic by Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Cooperation between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the federal government is crucial to achieve long term security and stability in Iraq, especially in the disputed areas, said the US-led Coalition spokesperson.

“The Coalition has been consistent for several years with support to establish coordination centers along the Kurdistan Coordination Line and commends the improving relationship and renewed willingness to coordinate on the part of the KRG and ISF,” Wayne Marotto, the CJTF-OIR spokesperson told Zhyan English. 

Calls surged among the Kurdish officials for the reactivation of the joint operations and centers between the Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi army following a series of ISIS attacks in disputes areas in Kirkuk and Saladin governorates.  

Earlier on Friday, four Peshmerga members were killed in an ISIS attack in northeast of Kirkuk. Scores of Iraqi federal security forces were also killed in ISIS attacks during the same day across the country, especially in the contested areas.

On Monday, military and security officials from the KRG Peshmerga ministry and federal defense, interior and finance ministries met headed by Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi and agreed to fill the security void in the disputed areas.

"The Coalitions goal is that coordination is developed between the KSF and ISF to the point that it allows no sanctuary for Daesh  (ISIS) terrorists,” he said, referring to the Kurdistan Security Forces and the Iraqi Security Forces. 

“The Coalition commends the progress between the KRG and GOI,” the Coalition official added.

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

There has been a spike in ISIS attacks in Iraq despite intermittent operations by the security forces, especially in the disputed areas in Kirkuk, Diyala and Saladin governorates and the border areas near Syria's border with Syrian in Anbar and Nineveh governorate. 

ISIS militants perpetrated 456 terrorist acts in 2019, 270 in 2020 and 51 acts in the first three months of 2021, Jabbar Yawar, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Peshmegra Affairs, said on Saturday.

Baghdad and Erbil have long been in discussion to establish possible joint security mechanism to secure disputed territories of Iraq and prevent further instability, but to no avail. 

(Zhyan English)