Iraqi delegation arrives in Makhmour to meet Peshmerga commanders

Iraqi and Peshmerga commander shake hands before they hold a meeting in Makhmour, December 12, 2021. (Photo: Iraqi Security Media Cell)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — A high-level Iraqi delegation arrived in Makhmour on Saturday morning, a few days after Islamic State (ISIS) attacks on the district.

The delegation led by Joint Operations Deputy Commander Lieutenant General Abdulamir al-Shamari will meet with Peshmerga officials in Makhmour, according to Iraqi media.

They are expected to discuss joint operations and cooperation between the Iraqi military and the Kurdish forces in the area, national Iraqi news agency reported.

ISIS militants carried out several attacks against the security forces and civilians in the disputed territories including Makhmour, claimed by both Erbil and Baghdad.

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

Following the attacks, the Iraqi and Kurdish forces launched joint operations against the militants in Kirkuk and Diyala province.

Islamic State controlled roughly a third of Iraq between 2014 and 2017. Iraqi forces and Kurdish troops backed by U.S.-led Coalition forces as well as Iran-backed Shia militias defeated the militant group in 2017, but its members still roam areas of northern Iraq and northeastern Syria.

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