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Shafaq News / Deputy Chief of Peshmerga Staff, Major-General Kahraman Kamal, announced on Saturday that the Peshmerga Ministry and the Iraqi Ministry of Defense had reached an agreement formula that resulted in a joint redeployment in disputed areas that administratively follow Diyala Province.
“After the advancement of the Iraqi forces and their approaching about 500 meters from the Peshmerga forces, we made a call from Baghdad in which we called for the necessity of withdrawing these forces,” Major General Kamal said in press statements today, adding that according to an agreement between the Peshmerga and Defense ministries, the forces withdrew.
And he added that it was decided to redeploy a joint Iraqi forces with the Peshmerga in those areas, pointing out that the security vacuum that has taken place in it has been filled with the consent of both parties, and this is in the interest of both sides.
Major General Kamal considered the joint redeployment within the boundaries of the Khanaqin district a “good start” to reach an agreement on the joint deployment of the Peshmerga and Iraqi forces in the other disputed areas, and any other place that witnesses a security vacuum.
It is noteworthy that the border areas between Diyala and the Kurdistan region, “the disputed areas,” witnessed a security unrest for more than two years after the infiltration of ISIS elements fleeing from the liberated regions and governorates to orchards and agricultural reeds.
On July 11, the General Command of the Iraqi Armed Forces launched military operations called “the Fourth Iraq Heroes” to clear the areas between Diyala and Kurdistan and the border areas with Iran, east of Diyala.
Also participated in the operations of the Anti-Terrorism Regiment in Sulaimaniyah of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan within the borders of the Kurdistan Region.
And the anti-terrorist apparatus of the Sulaymaniyah Governorate prevented the Iraqi army from crossing the “36th line” that separates the borders of Khanaqin and the Kurdistan Region as a watershed for security responsibilities between the federal and Kurdish security forces, according to security agreements.
The United States of America imposed, in the 1990s, in conjunction with its allies through the Security Council, a no-fly zone over Iraqi territory, north of latitude 36, to protect the Kurdistan Region at the time from the Iraqi regime’s raids.
The Undersecretary of the Peshmerga Ministry, Serpest Lachkin, announced on Wednesday that the recent military operations in the disputed areas in cooperation and coordination between the Iraqi security forces and the counter-terrorism apparatus in Sulaimaniya were not in the knowledge of the ministry, while bearing the leadership of the agency responsible for the stationing of Iraqi forces in Kurdistan regions.