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Peshmerga, Iraqi Army form committees to start joint ops in disputed areas

By Rudaw 6/2/2019
Peshmerga allow Iraqi forces to pass through their frontline en route to the Battle for East Mosul in 2016. File photo: AA
Peshmerga allow Iraqi forces to pass through their frontline en route to the Battle for East Mosul in 2016. File photo: AA

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Through five subcommittees, the Iraqi Defense Ministry and Ministry of Peshmerga are ever closer to joint operations and deployments in the disputed territories upon a decree from the Iraqi PM.


An edict from Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi’s office has ordered the formation of a Supreme Committee and five more, locality-based sub-committees, giving the Iraqi committee authority for forming joint operations, joint rooms, joint work and coordination in the disputed territories between Peshmerga and Iraqi forces, Lt. Gen. Jabbar Yawar, Peshmerga ministry secretary general told Rudaw.

The first step is for the sub-committees to do a “field survey,” by designating areas where joint Peshmerga-Iraqi forces are needed. This will detail what forces need to be in a specific area, the locations of joint operation rooms and troop levels. 

“We settled on the decision to notify the Iraqi federal government that we are ready for such coordination and partnership for those Kurdistani areas outside the KRG to preserve their security…” added Yawar.

Many Kurdish families have fled homes and farms in the disputed areas because of armed gangs — some believed to be ISIS remnants. 

The events of October 2017 and Peshmerga withdrawal destabilized the security of the disputed territories.

“Now, the Iraqi Federal Government has come to the realization that what they did [on October 16] was wrong,” he claimed.

“We will together work, God willing, with our brothers in the Ministry of Peshmerga. Peshmerga is part of the Iraqi National Defense Apparatus,” Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasoul, spokesperson for Security Media Center of Iraq’s Joint Operations Command, told Rudaw.

The meeting on Monday in Erbil between Peshmerga Ministry and Defense Ministry officials was for “all that is related to joint work,” added Rasoul. 

The subcommittees were to eliminate possible “difficulties” between them improve coordination.

“We have to work together to confront the terrorist enemy, Daesh terrorist gangs and its remnants,” asserted the spokesperson, using another term for ISIS.

ISIS militants remain in the mountain ranges of Makhoul, Hamrin and Qarachogh.

“In all these places, there has to be total coordination with our brothers in the Ministry of Peshmerga,” added Yawar.

On Tuesday, the Iraqi PM said there is “unprecedented” cooperation between the Iraqi Army and Peshmerga. This could well spell the beginning of Peshmerga return to the disputed territories.

The Peshmerga have previously been open to working with the Iraqi Army, but have no desire to work with Hashd al-Shaabi and the Federal Police.

Many Peshmerga and Iraqi Army officers attended military college together in Baghdad and have professional relationships which predate what has been described as unprecedented cooperation between the two forces during the liberation of Mosul in 2016 and 2017.

Comments

 
Dyar | 6/2/2019
Big mistake! ISIS 2.0 is reemerging in all the so called "disputed areas" under Baghdads jurisdiction, and reemerging fast! There are daily attacks. When central part of Iraq implodes again (and it's just a matter of time) it will look extremely bad for Baghdad. 1. Baghdad will be 100% responsible 2. Kurds can regain these areas easily when that happens. Now if the morons in the Kurdish leadership go through with this and help Baghdad (AGAIN) to stabilise these areas, then they deserve Baghdad and the likes of Baghdad.
Xanaqini | 6/2/2019
“We settled on the decision to notify the Iraqi federal government that we are ready for such coordination and partnership for those Kurdistani areas outside the KRG to preserve their security… added Yawar”. Now that's how you refer to the disputed territories! but helping the federal government? really? after what they did and still do in Kirkuk? it's still forbiden to fly the Kurdish flag in Kikruk! Arabs are being brought in every day and Kurdish land confiscated! tell them to go F themselves
Muraz Adzhoev | 6/2/2019
Soon there will be no need in “joint ops”, because US is prepared to withdraw its troops and to remove military bases from Iraq to Kurdistan recognized as the sovereignly reintegrated, independent democratic state, in accordance with the legitimate outcome of the September (2017) Referendum and the principles of the international law. Certainly so called “disputed areas” occupied by hostile and criminal Iraqi, Iranian and pro-Iranian forces will be dicisivly and fully liberated to become free integral parts of independent democratic secular federative Kurdistan (Southern+Western regions of Greater Kurdistan). Iraqi Parliament, President and Government in cooperation with the Iranian revolutionary regime are doing their best to make this inevitable scenario become true very soon.
bootleking | 6/2/2019
This is great news. Joints ops will improve Iraq and Kurdistan security. I wish we had good ties like this in past. We could have even avoided Isis and improve both our economies greatly.
Mama | 11/2/2019
Great news
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