Peshmerga carries out search operation in coordination with Iraqi Armed Forces

The 14th Infantry Brigade in collaboration with the Iraqi army conducted a search operation in the north of Karachugh Mountain near Makhmour.
The 14th Infantry Peshmerga Brigade in collaboration with the Iraqi army conducted a search operation near Makhmour. (PHOTO: KRG Ministry of Peshmerga)
The 14th Infantry Peshmerga Brigade in collaboration with the Iraqi army conducted a search operation near Makhmour. (PHOTO: KRG Ministry of Peshmerga)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Kurdistan Region Peshmerga forces on Wednesday launched a joint operation with the Iraqi army in the mountainous area of Makhmour, in the southern part of Erbil province, against the ISIS remnants.

“The @KRG_MOPE 14th Infantry Brigade in collaboration with the Iraqi army conducted a search #operation in the north of Karachugh Mountain, in order to maintain security and remove the threat of #ISIS terrorists in the area,” the Ministry of Peshmerga said in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Peshmerga Major-General Sirwan Barzani, Commander of Sector 6 also posted on X that "two operations were conducted jointly by the Peshmerga and Iraqi Army along the banks of the river from Gwer to the Tigris river." 

Previously, there were tensions between Iraqi forces and the Peshmerga. On Oct. 22, at least three members of the Peshmerga forces were killed as a result of a skirmish with the Iraqi army near Makhmour.

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However, relations were quickly restored, and on Nov. 2, the Ministry of Peshmerga and the Iraqi Armed Forces signed an agreement to prevent such events in Makhmour from occurring again. “We had a field visit and agreed on the exact positions to ensure better coordination for the safety of the area,” Peshmerga Commander Sirwan Barzani said about the agreement in a post on X.

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Major-General Sirwan Barzani, previously told Kurdistan 24 that ISIS is moving to Mount Qarachoogh near Makhmour as the area provides more “hideouts” and stealth opportunities. 

“We have conducted several operations with the Iraqi forces [to eradicate ISIS], but to no avail. They're coming back,” the commander noted at the time.