Editing Date: 7/28/28 15:16
A security source said, on Tuesday, that a security meeting was taking place between the Iraqi army and the Peshmerga (Kurdistan Region Guard) in the Khanaqin district of Diyala Governorate.
This is the first meeting between the two sides since the Peshmerga withdrew from Khanaqin in 2017 against the backdrop of escalating tensions due to the independence referendum.
The source said that “the Diyala Operations Command, headed by Commander of Diyala Operations, Major General Ghassan Al-Azi, held an expanded security conference in the Khanaqin district attended by a number of Peshmerga leaders as well as the commander of the Fifth Infantry Division.”
He added that the meeting took place “to find out about filling the security gaps and ways of joint security cooperation and stabilizing the boundaries between the Federal Security Forces and the Peshmerga to prevent the terrorist groups from opening attacks in that sector and to eliminate them.”
Baghdad and Erbil have been conducting military talks for weeks to find a joint working formula aimed at filling the security vacuum in the disputed areas after the increasing frequency of ISIS attacks.
Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region, hosted the last round of talks a week ago in the presence of a high-level delegation from the International Alliance.
The two sides are set to form 4 security coordination offices in the disputed areas.
The Peshmerga forces withdrew from the disputed areas after the escalation of tension with the Iraqi forces against the backdrop of the independence referendum in 2017.
The withdrawal came three years after the Peshmerga spread in those areas, as the Kurdish forces prevented them from falling into the hands of ISIS after the Iraqi army fled in front of armed progress Organization in 2014.
Prior to that, the region was managed jointly by security between the two sides as disputed areas between Baghdad and Erbil.
Since the Peshmerga withdrawal from there, the frequency of attacks has increased markedly, as the organization’s militants launch bloody attacks on civilian and military targets, leaving victims.