Peshmerga forces launch operation against ISIS

Kurdistan RegionPeshmerga forces launched an operation against Islamic State (ISIS) remnants in Qarachogh mountain in southwest of Erbil on Thursday, the ministry of Peshmerga said.

The 18th infantry brigade of the Peshmerga forces targeted suspected positions of the ISIS remnants in villages located in the foothills of the mountain, the Kurdistan Region’s Ministry of Peshmerga said in a statement.

The uprooting operation was carried out under the supervision of the 6th frontline of the Peshmerga, according to the statement.

The statement did not reveal further details, particularly regarding whether any terrorists were killed or not.

ISIS seized control of swathes of Iraqi territory in 2014. The group was declared territorially defeated in 2017 but some of its members still roam areas of northern Iraq and northeastern Syria.

The group’s remnants are particularly active in the disputed areas between the Kurdish and Iraqi governments, stretching across several provinces including Kirkuk, Salahaddin, and Diyala.

The remnants built a large number of hide-outs and dens in what is so-known as the disputed areas. They exploited the space to regroup and carry out hit-and-run attacks inside the area which suffers from a security vacuum.

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