SULAIMANI – Unresolved security gap between Iraqi and Peshmerga forces has created a favorable ground for the reemergence of Islamic State (ISIS) in forms of groups and sections, the Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga Ministry said on Wednesday (May 12).
The Peshmerga’s statement comes amid augmented movement of the militant group in areas disputed between Erbil and Baghdad and one day after an ISIS attack killed one Peshmerga and wounded another.
“We had issued warnings many times in the past that due to the existence of security vacuum between the frontlines held by Peshmerga forces and Iraqi army, the Daesh [ISIS] terrorists have the ability to reorganize and they have remerged in forms of groups and sections,” the statement reads.
“We reiterate that the terrorists’ movements have increased, they changed their tactics of fighting and attacks posing a permanent threat.”
There is need for “an inclusive and wide-ranging agreement” with the Iraqi army for the lasting defeat of the ISIS, it added.
On May 1, four Peshmerga were killed and another wounded in an ISIS attack in an area between the town of Prde (Altun Kupri) and Qaya Bashi village.
There has been an uptick in ISIS acts through armed attacks and planting explosive device in the governorate and other disputed areas claimed by Erbil and Baghdad.
The Kurdish officials have increased calls for joint centers and operations between the peshmerga and the federal forces in the contested areas.
Iraq declared the fall of ISIS self-styled caliphate in December 2017, but the security remains fragile in the country, except for the territories in the Kurdistan Region.