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France calls on KRG, Iraqi govt to deepen cooperation in fighting ISIS

  2021-05-14  | 
 Zhyan News Network
File Photo - A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter holds a position on the southern outskirts of Kirkuk in an area where Iraqi forces are deployed on October 14, 2017. Marwan Ibrahim / AFP
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – France’s consulate general in Erbil on Thursday (May 13) called on the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Iraqi government to increase their military cooperation to combat Islamic State (ISIS) militants in the country.

On Tuesday, a Peshmerga member was killed and another was wounded after ISIS militants attacked the Peshmerga forces near Balki village in Garmian administration’s Zinana town. 

“The Consulate General of France & Erbil presents its sincere condolences to the Peshmerga family who succumbed to their injuries after the Daesh (ISIS) attack on the night of May 11 to 12 4 Kifri,” the French consulate said, as wished recovery for the wounded Peshmerga member. 

“Daesh's fight is our common fight. It is necessary the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Regional Government deepen their cooperation for the security of all Iraqis,” it added, using the Arabic acronym for the militant group. 

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 in southern Erbil. 

There has been an uptick in ISIS acts through armed attacks and planting explosive device in the 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. 

On Thursday, KRG Minister of Peshmerga Affairs Shorsh Ismail said that “ Good Understanding has reached between the Peshmerga and the Iraqi” regarding joint work in battling the militant group. 

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 Peshmerga Affairs, said on Saturday.

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. 

(Zhyan English)