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Peshmerga Commander Warns of Increased IS Resurgence in Kirkuk

A Peshmerga commander has warned of the resurgence of the Islamic State (IS) in Kirkuk province where a security vacuum has been seen.

Speaking to BasNews, Peshmerga Commander of the Kirkuk Front, Nouri Hama Ali, pointed out that “activities of militants of the terrorist organisation of Daesh is on the rise in the disputed areas and this is because of the deteriorated security and political situation Iraq is going through.”

He further argued that the instability in the region “is also because of the absence of the Peshmerga forces and the presence of several other forces in those [disputed] areas.”

Although the Islamic State was declared defeated, the militant group has so far continued to target the security forces and civilians through its sleeper cells secretly present in Kirkuk province, he said.

“The return of the Peshmerga forces to those areas would change the equation,” Hama Ali argued. “Daesh is not capable of fighting the Peshmerga forces.” Source