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‘Good understating’ reached with Iraqi army: minister

  2021-05-13  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Minister of Peshmerga Affairs Shorsh Ismail visits a Peshmerga stronghold in the Kurdistan Region, May 13,2021. Photo by KRG Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Good Understanding has reached between the Peshmerga and the Iraqi army for combatting Islamic State (ISIS) militants in the disputed areas, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Minister of Peshmerga Affairs Shorsh Ismail said on Thursday (May 13). 

Ismail’s statement came after he visited Bashik and Khazir-Mosul axes and met with the Peshmerga officials there amid a surge in ISIS attacks in the defense lines between the Peshmerga and the Iraqi army. 

“The understating reached with the Iraqi Ministry of Defense is worthy,” he said. “We hope it [the understanding] leads to a comprehensive and concrete agreement to protect stability and security of the area and leads to the final defeat of terrorists.”

There has been a spike in ISIS attacks in Iraq despite intermittent operations by the federal 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.

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

Five Peshmerga members were killed and at least two were wounded in the latest two attacks by the militant group in Qayabashi and Omarbli villages near Altun Kupri (Pirde) and Zinana sub-districts.

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.

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 it was futile.

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)