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Shafaq News / The joint operations command in the Iraqi army revealed, on Thursday, the beginning of coordination that it described as “significant” between Baghdad and Erbil to maintain security in the country.
The spokesman for the joint operations, Brigadier Yahya Rasoul, said, “The talks between Baghdad and Erbil are the beginning of a large coordination in order to maintain the security of Iraq,” according to Sky News Arabia.
Baghdad and Erbil have been holding talks for months to resolve the outstanding differences between them for years, led by resuming security coordination to maintain security in the disputed areas between the two sides.
ISIS activity has increased markedly in these areas since the Peshmerga forces withdrew from them following the escalation of tension between Baghdad and Erbil against the backdrop of the independence referendum in 2017.
And on the intense Turkish bombing of border areas in the Kurdistan Region since the middle of last month, Rasul said that “there are contacts taking place at home and abroad to stop the Turkish aggression in the north of the country.”
Earlier Thursday, Secretary General of the Peshmerga Ministry, Lieutenant General Jabbar Yawar, revealed efforts to form a coordination center between the Peshmerga and Iraqi forces in Diyala, Kirkuk and Nineveh to implement joint operations against ISIS.
“The meeting held by the Supreme Committee for Coordination and Military and Security Action between the Federal Ministry of Defense and the Peshmerga was fruitful,” Yawer said in statements carried by the news agency of the Baghdad government. Some areas, especially in Diyala, Kirkuk and the regions of Karabakh. ”
Yawar added that “the meeting reached understandings on the issue of establishing coordination and joint work centers in Diyala, Kirkuk and Nineveh, and the mechanism of these centers was discussed,” noting that “during the meeting, they discussed how to start joint military operations from the army and the Peshmerga against ISIS terrorists in those governorates and establish Common defensive lines. ”
He pointed out that “there will be a meeting before the end of this month to start work and joint cooperation to completely eliminate terrorism in these areas.”
Turkey has intensified its air and artillery shelling of border areas within the Kurdistan Region for more than two weeks, which has caused human and material losses. Ankara says it is targeting the PKK militants.
The bombing sparked condemnation of the Kurdistan Regional Government, which also demanded Kurdistan Workers’ fighters to leave the region to avoid tensions.
In an indication of the return of coordination between Baghdad and Erbil, the Iraqi government deployed, yesterday, Wednesday, the border guards in an area in Dohuk governorate that had recently been subjected to Turkish bombing.