Minister calls for support for Peshmerga in ISIS fight

Minister of Peshmerga Shorsh Ismail meets a high-level Hungarian military delegation in Erbil, December 12, 2021. (Photo: Ministry of Peshmerga)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Kurdish Minister of Peshmerga Shorsh Ismail on Saturday called for support of the international community for the Kurdish forces in the fight against Islamic State (ISIS) militants.  

A high-level Hungarian delegation led by commander of the Hungarian defense forces Major General Romulusz Ruszin-Szendi met with Peshmerga Minister Shorish Ismael in Erbil on Saturday.

The two sides discussed the current Islamic State (ISIS) threats and movements in the area, the ministry of Peshmerga said in a statement.

Minister Ismael said the Kurdish forces need the “cooperation and support of all sides in the challenges that have come forward to stop and eliminate terrorist threats”, according to the statement.

The Hungarian delegation, for its part, said Hungary would continue to cooperate with and provide support for the Peshmerga forces in the fight against ISIS, the statement read.

“It was decided to start training the Peshmerga through their military advisers,” the statement said.

ISIS militants have increased attacks against civilians and the Iraqi and Kurdish forces in the disputed territories.

Twenty-two members of the Peshmerga forces and three civilians had been killed in several attacks in those areas in the past weeks.

Following the attacks, the Iraqi military and the Peshmerga forces launched joint operations in Kirkuk and Diyala provinces, destroying 14 ISIS hideouts.

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