Peshmerga, Iraqi forces complete 'successful' anti-ISIS operation in disputed Kirkuk
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The Kurdistan Region's Peshmerga and Iraqi security forces conducted a "successful" combing operation in rural parts of the disputed Kirkuk province on Monday, the Peshmerga Ministry said in a statement.
The troops "cleared" the operation's designated area completely, the ministry added, noting the campaign came after a series of meetings between Peshmerga and Iraqi army officials, aiming to fill lapses in security in the territories disputed between the Erbil and Baghdad governments.
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"Once again," the US-led coalition said on Twitter, the global alliance's Iraqi and Peshmerga "partners demonstrate their commitment & serve as a unifying force to help Iraq achieve long-term success in keeping its territory & people secure."
It also affirmed the anti-ISIS campaign "continues."
Once again our #ISF/#Peshmerga partners demonstrate their commitment & serve as a unifying force to help Iraq achieve long-term success in keeping its territory & people secure. Our anti-Daesh campaign continues & we are #StrongerTogether. #AdviseAssistEnable https://t.co/GpzsIyEa90— Inherent Resolve (@CJTFOIR) February 7, 2022
Dubbed "Solid Will," the forces targeted areas with suspected ISIS hideouts from several axes, said Iraq's military communications center, Security Media Cell, in a statement. The army aimed to "hunt down ISIS terrorist remnants and wanted persons."
The Iraqi Air Force and the US-led coalition's aircraft also participated in the operation, it added.