Garmaser Commander: We destroyed many ISIS dens and hideouts

Kurdistan 01:58 PM - 2021-12-08

Mahmoud Sangawi, commander of the Garmaser axis in the Kurdistan Peshmerga forces, confirmed that the security operation, which was carried out jointly by the Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi army, is progressing successfully.

Mahmoud Sangawi, commander of the Garmaser axis, said in a statement to PUKmedia, that "the security operation that is being carried out in the Garmaser axis between the Peshmerga forces and the army is going well and there is great cooperation and coordination between the two sides."

"The operation has so far resulted in the destruction of many of the terrorist dens and hideouts, in addition to the destruction of a pickup truck belonging to the terrorists that was used in carrying out terrorist operations," he added.

He pointed out that the Peshmerga forces advanced to carry out the combing operation from the Garmaser axis and the army forces advanced from the Khurmatu district and Suleiman Beg district, stressing that the operations will continue until the terrorists are completely eliminated.

KRG Ministry of Peshmerga announced the launch of a joint security operation between the Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi army in the Garmser and Qaratapa axis in the Khanaqin district. 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, where terrorists exploit security gaps between Iraqi and Kurdish forces' military points. 

However, remnants of the terrorists still carry out insurgency attacks in attempts to regain their strength. Attacks on Peshmerga points increased recently as residents of Lahiban village in Sargaran district of Kirkuk evacuated their village following an ISIS attack. Iraqi forces and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have recaptured the village, but four Peshmergas were killed in the battle.

Last Thursday, a dozen Peshmerga personnel were martyred in an ISIS attack near Makhmur, 60 km (40 miles) southwest of Erbil. 

Before that, 5 Peshmerga members were also martyred last Saturday by a roadside bomb explosion following thwarting a terrorist attack in the Kulajo district of the Garmian region-Kurdistan Region.  

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.

A series of meetings have been held between the Kurdish Peshmerga and Iraqi Defense Ministries and it will continue with the aim of eliminating terrorists, filling security gaps, and carrying out joint military operations between the Peshmerga and the army.


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