09 August 2020
Continuing consultations on strengthening military cooperation between Baghdad and Erbil (AFP)
An Iraqi military spokesman said today, Sunday, that the dialogues between the federal government in Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government reached understandings regarding intelligence cooperation in order to pursue the remnants of the terrorist organization “ISIS” in the provinces of Diyala, east of the country, and Kirkuk, in the north, while Kurdish security sources confirm The coordination aims to control security in the disputed areas between Baghdad and Erbil.
The spokesman for the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Major General Yahya Rasul, indicated that there were joint security meetings and understandings between the Joint Iraqi Operations Command and the Kurdistan Regional Border Guard forces, indicating, in a press statement, that these understandings focused on discussing cooperation and coordination in relation to conducting military operations They are common in some areas where intelligence information indicates the presence of ISIS cells, as well as exchanging intelligence information in the field of combating terrorism and various security threats, especially with regard to controlling borders with some countries to prevent the infiltration of terrorist elements.
He pointed out that the understandings led to the formation of joint coordination centers between the Joint Operations Command and the security services in the Kurdistan region that include a number of officers from representatives of the Iraqi army and the regional government to coordinate and exchange intelligence information and follow up on “ISIS” cells, in addition to filling the security vacuums in some cities.
The spokesman for the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces stated that the areas that will witness joint cooperation between Baghdad and Erbil include areas in the provinces of Diyala and Kirkuk, stressing that the remnants of ISIS threaten various regions, including areas in the Kurdistan region.
Rasul explained that the Iraqi government focuses on the issue of border control, especially with Syria, pointing to the existence of a plan drawn up by the Joint Operations Command and the Ministries of Interior and Defense to continue supporting the border file and providing it with the forces assigned to protect it with information technology and modern technology.
Kurdish security sources told Al-Arabi Al-Jadeed that the dialogues regarding strengthening military cooperation between Baghdad and Erbil have been going on for weeks, explaining that these dialogues are the result of mounting concerns about the danger that the repeated attacks of ISIS have begun to pose.
She indicated that the security understandings between the military officials in Baghdad and Erbil will focus on the disputed areas in the governorates of Diyala, Kirkuk and Nineveh, stressing that the Peshmerga forces have already received the security file in some of these areas, and that their experience can be used to limit the attacks of ISIS.