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Baghdad not serious about joint centers coordination: Peshmerga official

  2021-05-04  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Peshmerga forces keep watch during an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants on the frontline in Khazer August 14, 2014. Photo by Azad Lashkari/ Reuters
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Iraqi government’s military and security committee was not serious about the implementation of previous agreements for the formation of joint cooperation forces and centers to countering threats pose by Islamic State (ISIS) militants in the country, said a senior Peshmerga official.

There has been a surge in ISIS attacks in Iraq, especially in the disputed areas claimed by Erbil and Baghdad. ISIS attacks are almost rare in the Kurdistan Region.  

Early on Friday, Four Peshmerga members were killed and at least another was wounded in an ISIS armed attack in Altun Kupri (Pirde) town southern Erbil. 

In the wake of the attack, the senior Kurdish officials calling for joint operations and centers to confronting further ISIS attacks in the contested areas.

“The Iraqi federal government’s security and military cooperation committee was not serious due to problems between the [Kurdistan] Regional Government and the Iraqi Federal Government and also because there are political problems inside Iraq,” Secretary General of the Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs Jabbar Yawar told Voice of America (VOA).

Yawar also said that the federal government issued directive in 2018 about the establishment of military and security cooperation centers between the Peshmerga force and the Iraqi army to conduct joint operation and work.

US-led Coalition spokesperson Wayne Marotto told Zhyan English that the Coalition had supported both the KRG and federal government for joint centers and work in the disputed areas for “long-term stability and security” in Iraq. 

On Sunday, Iraqi and Kurdish officials met in Baghdad and agreed to fill security voids in the disputed areas and emphasized more cooperation between the Kurdish and federal security forces. 

ISIS militants perpetrated 456 terrorist acts in 2019, 270 in 2020 and 51 acts in the first three months of 2021, Yawar on Saturday.

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. 

(Zhyan English)