Peshmerga ministry condemns attack on Iraqi military

Logo of the Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The Kurdistan Region’s Ministry of Peshmerga on Saturday condemned an attack against the Iraqi military in Diyala province.

ISIS militants attacked a military base in al-Azim district in Diyala, killing 11 soldiers.

“The current situation in the area, the emergence of terrorist activities and the revival of sleeping cells are a perceived threat,” the Peshmerga ministry said in a statement.

“Cooperation and role of the Iraqi army and Peshmerga forces, specifically in areas with security gaps, is a necessity,” it added.

The ministry also called for “serious review and action to intensify efforts and gather more information to pursue and completely destroy the terrorists’ sleeping cells”.

The attack was one of the deadliest targeting the Iraqi military in recent months.

ISIS 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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