SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (ICTS) and the Kurdistan Region’s Counter-Terrorism Group (CTG) have signed a deal on Tuesday that further enhances their military cooperation to fight terrorism, a statement said.
ICTS and CTG have agreed to expand their coordination and support, a statement from Sulaimani-based CTG said.
The deal aiming at to further eradicate the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group remnants, and protect the tranquility of the disputed regions, suffering from a security vacuum, according to the statement.
This deal has signed after a senior ICTC delegation paid a visit to the headquarters of the 4th battalion of the CTG in Kirkuk’s Qarah Anjir town where often been battered by the remnants attack, and the two sides met.
Moreover, the meeting stressed expanding the intelligence and military activities to detain the “outlaws” who were charged by the terror law in courts of Iraq as well as the Kurdistan Region.
“Just like the rest of the Iraqi forces in that area, CTG will join the joint operations room in Kirkuk, so that the affairs will be better reregulated,” the statement said.
“Solid” and “necessary” plans have been elaborated in the meeting in order to make the two sides able to confront the terrorists in those regions, the statement added.
Islamic State controlled roughly a third of Iraq between 2014 and 2017. However, the Iraqi forces and Kurdish forces backed by U.S.-led Coalition forces as well as Iran-backed Shia militias defeated the militant group in 2017.
While Islamic State was driven out of most of the territory, many of the remnants of ISIS militants are operating in the disputed territories between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the Federal Government.