Iraqi prime minister visits web site of Islamic State assault

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi visited a northern village at present that was not too long ago attacked by the Islamic State (IS). 

Kadhimi went to the village of Liheban within the Makhmour district to meet native residents, his workplace tweeted.

The Islamic State (IS) attacked peshmerga forces and civilians on Dec. three in Makhmour, killing a number of. Makhmour, positioned about an hour south of Erbil, is claimed by each the federal authorities and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). Both Iraqi federal safety forces and the KRG’s peshmerga forces have a presence within the space, and the inhabitants consists of Arab and Kurdish communities. 

Iraqi forces, backed by a US-led coalition, defeated IS in 2017. But IS continues to hold out assaults, notably in disputed territories like Makhmour. IS additionally attacked the peshmerga in northeast Diyala province three days in a row from Nov. 27-29. 

The KRG has lengthy known as for better coordination with federal forces to fight IS within the disputed territories. 

“The Kurdistan Regional Government has repeatedly warned the federal government of security gaps in disputed territories, which is a hub of resurgent terrorism threatening locals,” the KRG mentioned in a press release on Nov. 28 after the Diyala assaults. “The KRG reiterates the importance of reactivating joint coordination centers between peshmerga and Iraqi forces.”

The KRG was in full management of Makhmour till 2017 when Iraqi forces retook the world following Kurdistan’s independence referendum. 

Kadhimi appeared open to extra cooperation with Kurdistan Region officers throughout his go to. He additionally met with KRG Prime Minister Masrour Barzani and visited a peshmerga base. Kadhimi mentioned the battle in opposition to terrorism with Barzani and peshmerga commanders, based on his workplace. 


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