Coordination between Iraqi and Kurdish forces helped detain ISIS leaders: authorities

File – Emblem of Kurdistan flag on the arm of a security force. (Esta Media Network)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The Iraqi counter-terrorism service said an increase in coordination with the Kurdistan Region’s forces has helped arrest Islamic State (ISIS) leaders in the country.

“The growing cooperation and coordination with the Kurdistan Region contributed to the arrest of a number of terrorist leaders,” counter-terrorism service’s spokesman Sabah al-Numan said in an interview with state news agency (INA).

Iraqi security institutions have increased coordination with the Kurdish forces to detain ISIS militants, including senior members.

The Kurdish forces detained a “terrorist” in Sulaimani province, who was wanted by Khalidiyah court in Anbar province, the Iraqi defense ministry said last week.

The federal government announced victory over ISIS by the end of 2017 after Iraqi and Kurdish forces backed by U.S.-led Coalition regained control of areas once captured by the militant group.

Despite its defeat, ISIS still poses a threat to the security and stability of the country as there are still sleeper cells in Iraq.

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