10 Islamic State militants killed in joint Peshmarga and coalition operations

December 3, 2018 at 9:09 pm

Kirkuk- Peshmarga forces stationed in Tal ward area southwest of the province, 2015 Photo: Karwan Salhi

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Ten Islamic State (IS) militants were killed in joint operations by Kurdish Peshmarga and coalition forces in an area between Duz Khurmatu and Kifri.

The joint operation was launched at 6.00 a.m. on Monday, December 3rd in the Puri Chai area, located between the Duz Khurmatu and Kifri districts, according to a commander of the Kurdistan regional government (KRG)’s Peshmarga forces.

“7 militants were killed in the confrontations, while the 3 others were killed in coalition airstrikes”, the commander told (KirkukNow), indicating that a Peshmarga was seriously injured.

A weapons cache was also seized in the operation.

Although the Iraqi government declared final victory over ISIS at the end of 2017, sporadic attacks occur in different parts of Iraq, particularly in territories disputed by the federal government and the KRG.

According to a recent report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington D.C. published on November 30, 2018, Islamic State militants are “Islamic State militants are regrouping in Iraq, taking advantage of ongoing instability, and refocusing their campaign against the Iraqi government

The CSIS report has indicated that “the number of (IS) attacks in Kirkuk province have more than doubled from 2017 to 2018”, while Salahaddin and Diyala provinces have also seen “an increase in the number of attacks year over year.”

According to the report, “many risk factors contributing to instability have allowed the Islamic State to survive in Iraq, including rampant corruption and political turmoil, tensions between Baghdad and the (KRG).”

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