US condemns cowardly attack on Peshmerga forces

Kurdistan 03:20 PM - 2021-11-28

The United States condemned the attack by Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists on the Peshmerga forces in Kulajo district in the Garmian region of the Kurdistan Region.

"We strongly condemn the cowardly terrorist attack conducted by ISIS yesterday against Peshmerga forces in the district of Kulajo in the Garmian area," the US consulate in Erbil said in a statement.

"The United States remains steadfast in its support for the Peshmerga and Iraqi security forces and their efforts to ensure the enduring defeat of ISIS. We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the brave Peshmerga killed and injured in the attack," it added.

Five Peshmerga members were killed on Saturday night by a roadside bomb explosion following thwarting a terrorist attack in Kulajo district of Diyala Governorate. read more 

Iraq has announced a military victory over ISIS in 2017 after 3 years of battle with the terrorists. However, remnants of the group continue to impose threats, especially in areas disputed between Erbil and Baghdad. 

The disputed areas and their surroundings are still a hotspot for ISIS activities. The terrorists' sleeper cells exploit the security gaps between Kurdish and Iraqi forces. 

Attacks on the Peshmerga forces have recently increased in the disputed territories. In the beginning of November, Peshmerga forces thwarted an Islamic State (ISIS) attack near the Kifri frontline on the Kurdistan Region's border with Iraq. Before that, the Peshmerga forces repelled another ISIS attack near Prde on Erbil-Kirkuk road, lastly two members of the Peshmerga forces were killed in another attack in the same area.

ISIS militants ambush, kidnap and extort both civilians and members of the security forces in the disputed areas, which stretch across several provinces, including Kirkuk, Nineveh, Diyala, and Saladin.

Kurdish officials have repeatedly warned that ISIS militants are using “security gaps” between the Iraqi and Kurdish forces to carry out attacks in the disputed territories.

Despite the announcement of forming joint military units in those regions, however, the decision has not been put into effect so far.


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