Iraqi Security Forces, Peshmerga to form more joint brigades to combat ISIS

Kurdish Peshmerga military vehicles in a battle with Islamic State militants near Bashiqa near Mosul, Iraq October 28, 2016.

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SULAIMANI — An official from the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs told NRT on Thursday (September 16) that the Peshmerga and Iraqi Security Forces will form two additional joint brigades to combat Islamic State (ISIS) remnants.

In an interview, Shwan Shamerani clarified that there was no timeline for when the Peshmerga could return to the disputed areas, a belt of territory claimed by both Baghdad and Erbil.

In July, Deputy Minister of Peshmerga Affairs Sarbast Lazgin initially announced the formation of two brigades.

ISIS exploits the security vacuum there to conduct attacks against civilian and military targets.

The new units will focus on Kirkuk governorate and will be responsible for Shwan, Pirde, Qara Hanjir, Sargaran, Dubz, Laylan, Daquq, and northern Khurmatu, he said.

A joint delegation from the KRG and Iraq’s federal government recently visited Kirkuk for an inspection tour.

Shamerani added that bases for the joint forces were being constructed in the disputed areas.

On June 2, four joint operations rooms between the Iraqi Army and Peshmerga began work in Kirkuk, Khanaqin, Nineveh’s Shela, and Makhmour respectively.

(NRT Digital Media)