Kurdish forces launch operation to pursue ISIS militants southeast of Erbil

Peshmerga military vehicles are seen during a battle with Islamic State militants at Jarbuah village near Bashiqa near Mosul, Iraq October 28, 2016. (Reuters)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Kurdish security forces have launched an operation to search and pursue Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Segrdkan in southeast of Erbil, a local official said on Thursday.

Director of Segrdkan sub-district Fatih Hussein told Esta Media Network that the Peshmerga forces alongside police, Asayish and volunteers had launched an operation to pursue ISIS militants said to have seen around the area.

Locals say three militants crossed Little Zap near Shwan town on Wednesday night.

“No one has been seen yet, and the operation still continues,” Hussein said. “We are certain they are ISIS militants and they came from Sheikh Bzeni.”

The federal government announced victory over Islamic State by the end of 2017 after Iraqi and Kurdish forces backed by U.S.-led Coalition regained control of areas once captured by the militant group.

Despite its defeat, ISIS still poses a threat to the security and stability of the country as there are still sleeper cells in Iraq.

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