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Peshmerga, Iraqi Defense Ministry Expected to Meet as IS Attacks Surge: MP

Officials from Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga Ministry and Iraq’s Ministry of Defense are expect to meet as the Islamic State (IS) is mounting a new wave of attacks in the areas disputed between Erbil and Baghdad, a Kurdish lawmaker said.

IS has recently carried out several deadly attacks in Iraq, especially in the provinces of Kirkuk, Diyala, and Salahaddin. The deadliest attack was carried out on Saturday when the jihadist group targeted the Shia militias of Hashd al-Shaabi in Salahaddin and killed over 40 militiamen.

MP Nasr Harki, a member of the committee of defense and security affairs at the Iraqi parliament, told BasNews that they have met with defense officials in Baghdad to criticize the expulsion of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces from the Kurdish disputed areas.

Harki argued that the decision has created a “security vacuum” in these areas which allows the IS militants and sleeper cells to regroup and carry out attacks.

“We have asked for a new join operation by the Peshmerga and the Iraqi army against IS in Kirkuk and other Kurdistani areas outside the jurisdiction of the KRG,” the MP said.

He noted that Peshmerga officials and the Iraqi defense ministry are expected to meet in the nearest future to discuss the issue. Source