security 7/20/2020 19:45 667 Editor: ht
Baghdad today – follow up
Today, Thursday (9 July 2020), the spokesman of the Armed Forces Commander in Chief, Yahya Rasool, revealed the fact that the Peshmerga have returned to areas under the control of the federal forces.
Messenger said in a press statement I followed (Baghdad today), “The meetings between representatives of the Peshmerga Ministry and representatives of the federal government forces are continuing to develop the correct mechanism for the work of joint coordination centers in a number of regions and governorates, with the aim of exchanging intelligence and pursuing ISIS cells, especially since there are some Areas experiencing a security vacuum between the peshmerga mantle and the presence of pieces of the federal government, reaching in some areas a distance of 10 square kilometers, or more up to 13 square kilometers.
He added, “He denies the return of the Peshmerga forces to any area controlled by the forces of the Federal Government.”
Rasul valued the “role of the Peshmerga forces that are within the Iraqi national defense system, and they had a heroic and courageous stance in confronting ISIS elements and in the liberation battles in the city of Mosul, and there was a constellation of heroic martyrs from the Peshmerga forces and the wounded, and this role should be mentioned.”
As for the coordination centers, their mission will be to provide information to the leadership, whether in the Peshmerga Ministry or the Joint Operations Command, to take the appropriate decision, according to a spokesman for the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.
Rasoul alluded to the possibility of leaving a joint force of the (Peshmerga Forces – Federal Forces) to carry out operations against ISIS cells.
Regarding the Turkish bombing of several regions of the Kurdistan Region, Rasul explained that “the neighboring countries must respect the sovereignty of Iraq.”
Earlier, the Secretary General of the Peshmerga Ministry, Jabbar Yawar, confirmed on Thursday (July 9, 2020) that many fallacies were raised recently about the recent meeting that took place between the Ministry and the Iraqi Defense early this month, and while he indicated that the meeting touched on three main axes, He emphasized that the Peshmerga were actually concentrated in many disputed areas along more than a thousand km.
Yawar denied during a televised interview I followed (Baghdad today), what was circulated during the past days, from the conclusion of an agreement according to which the Peshmerga forces returned to Kirkuk, which called for the issuance of an official denial by the Joint Operations Command, and described those reports as “fallacies.”
He added, “On July 2, we held the third meeting between the Supreme Coordination Committee in the ministries of the Peshmerga and Defense in Baghdad, at the request of the Ministry of Defense.”
Yawar pointed out that “the atmosphere of the meeting was positive, where a detailed and extensive discussion was held on a range of issues, the most important of which are three axes, which are the coordination centers between the Peshmerga and the Iraqi army, and the second is the positions of the Kurdistan Regional Forces and federal forces from Khanaqin to Sinjar, as well as identifying the existing security voids The third axis is the implementation of joint military operations against ISIS militants. ”
The delegation included both the chief of the Peshmerga Staff, Lt. Gen. Jamal Emenki, the Secretary-General of the Ministry, Lt. Jabbar Yawer, and a number of senior officers in the ministry, and met with a delegation of the Iraqi Ministry of Defense headed by the Deputy Commander of Joint Operations Abdul Amir al-Shammari.
A well-informed source confirmed, Thursday (July 09 2020), that the Iraqi Defense Ministry delegation will arrive in Erbil early next week, to complete discussions with the Peshmerga on many points and issues.
The source said in an interview with (Baghdad Today), that “the two sides will complete the discussions that took place in Baghdad, including agreeing on coordination committees and joint points and their locations, and joint operations that will take place to pursue ISIS elements and the date of the beginning of these operations, in coordination between the two parties.”
He added, “There is an initial agreement to form 4 joint points between the army and the Peshmerga, and their locations will be in Kirkuk, Khanaqin, Makhmour and Sinjar, while a center for the exchange of intelligence information will be formed between the two sides.”
He pointed out that “the agreement does not include the deployment of the Peshmerga forces, but rather it is sufficient to restore the joint chambers that were before 2014 without the presence of the Peshmerga forces in external control.”