Kurdistan Counter-Terrorism Group launched anti-ISIS operation – directorate

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The Kurdistan Region Counter-Terrorism Group (CTG) launched an anti-ISIS uprooting military campaign in the disputed territories on Monday, the CTG directorate in a statement said.

In the pre-dawn of Monday, CTG launched an anti-Islamic State terrorist operation in the disputed lands between the Kurdistan Region and the Iraqi government, washing out Tuz Khurmatu vicinity 88km south of Kirkuk province from terrorists.

“Several hideouts of ISIS were destroyed amid the operation in areas between the federal government forces and the Kurdistan Region,” CTG said in the statement.

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 in the dispute areas.

The areas created a security vacuum, and terrorists utilized it to operate in, and pursue their own harmful actions to destabilize the country’s security.

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