U.S. says ‘saddened’ over death of Kurdish Commander

File – Late Commander Akam Omar stands next to the President of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) along with a senior Peshmerga Commander.

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — U.S. Consulate-General in the Kurdistan Region said on Tuesday it was saddened over the death of a senior Kurdish Commander, Akam Omar.

The Commander of the Kurdistan Commando Forces, Akam Omar died on Monday after spending nearly two months in a hospital in Germany since he had been seriously injured by a roadside bomb.

“We express our deepest sadness and condolences on the passing of brave Peshmerga martyr, Akam Omer Osman. His devotion to service and fearlessness to defend Iraqi Kurdistan Region against terrorists exemplifies the Peshmerga heroism,” the U.S. consulate in Erbil said in a tweet.

“Commander Akam’s martyrdom is a great loss,” it added.

Back then, the military Conoy of the Commander struck an IED bomb in the midst of conducting an operation, rooting out the remnants of the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group in Zenana area of Garmian administration.

As a result, late Commander Omar had been seriously injured with several of his military fellows.

Following the incident, the late commander was immediately transferred via helicopter to a hospital in Sulaimani. He spent ten days in Sulaimani, but later, he had been transferred to Germany to receive further treatment.

The Commando forces announced the Commander’s death after 54 days under medical care in a statement on Monday.

ISIS seized control of swathes of Iraqi territory in 2014. The group was declared territorially defeated in 2017 but some of its members still roam and continue to destabilize the country’s security.

The group’s remnants are particularly active in the disputed areas between the Kurdish and Iraqi governments, stretching across several provinces including Kirkuk, Salahaddin, and Diyala.

The remnants built a large number of hide-outs and dens in what is so-known as the disputed areas. They exploited the space to regroup and carry out partisan attacks inside the area which suffer from a security vacuum.



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