Group of 200 ISIS militants entered Iraq from Syria: Peshmerga commander

Two Peshmerga members on the Kurdistan Region's border (VOA)

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SULAIMANI — The Deputy Commander of Kurdish forces at the Qaratapa-Hamrin front, Muhammed Rostam, said on Sunday (December 5) a group of armed men committed to the Islamic State (ISIS) were brought to Iraq from Syria.

Rostam told the Voice of America (VOA) the group is called Jundullah and they consist of about 200 militants.

Jundullah is believed to active in the areas between the control of the Peshmerga and the Iraqi army.

"Daesh [ISIS] militants have grown in the area and are now carrying out more attacks to prove their existence,” Rostam said.

The Peshmerga commander also said a close relative of slain ISIS leader Abubakr al-Baghdadi has been brought to the area and effected many changes in ISIS militants’ battalions.

"Baghdadi’s relative has told the ISIS militants if they don’t carry out attacks they will be questioned,” he added.

ISIS militants have carried out continuous attacks over the last few days in areas disputed between the federal Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), most recently in the Diyala and Kirkuk governorates.

(NRT Digital Media)