Peshmerga, coalition forces hunt ISIS in Garmiyan

The Kurdistan Region's Golden Forces peshmergas are pictured during the manhunt search for remnants of ISIS in the Garmiyan area, July 27, 2021. (Photo: Golden Forces)
The Kurdistan Region's Golden Forces peshmergas are pictured during the manhunt search for remnants of ISIS in the Garmiyan area, July 27, 2021. (Photo: Golden Forces)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces on Tuesday launched a sweeping air and ground operation in the outskirts of the Garmiyan area, close to Iraq’s Diyala province, with the support of the coalition against ISIS.

The search for remnants of the terrorist group covered the rural areas of Dawouda, lying between the mountain ranges of Kifri and Khurmatu, in the southeastern part of Kurdistan. The area is known as Garmiyan for its warm, dry climate.

Operations were carried out in Ghara, Balaga, and Qum Palk, starting early Monday evening, according to a field commander.

The Peshmerga’s Golden Forces are participating in the operation.

The commander told Kurdistan 24 that a number of ammunition caches and hideouts allegedly used by ISIS militants have been destroyed.

One of the hideouts allegedly used by the ISIS fighters in the area, July 27, 2021. (Photo: Peshmerga Golden Forces)
One of the hideouts allegedly used by the ISIS fighters in the area, July 27, 2021. (Photo: Peshmerga Golden Forces)

 

Coalition forces assisted the Peshmerga from the air and ground, the commander said, adding that no confrontation with the terror group has taken place and militants may have fled in advance of the operation.

Peshmerga regularly search the Garmiyan area, sometimes alongside Iraqi security forces, to prevent an ISIS resurgence. 

Early last month, Peshmerga launched a similar operation in areas disputed between the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government and Iraqi federal government following the establishment of joint coordination centers with the Iraqi military.

Harem Jaff from Kifri contributed to this report