Peshmerga forces to return to front lines in two weeks: commander

After agreement between Kurdish, Iraqi, and Coalition officials
Peshmerga fighters man a tank at the Khazir front line leading to Mosul, against the Islamic State, September 7, 2014. Reuters

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SULAIMANI — Peshmerga forces will return to five front lines after an agreement was reached between Erbil, Baghdad, and Coalition officials, a Kurdish commander said on Monday (February 11).

A Peshmerga brigadier, who spoke under condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to speak to the media, told NRT Digital Media that military officials had reached a deal that would go into effect in two weeks.

The Peshmerga forces will take up positions from Khanaqin to Sinjar and Mosul in order to increase security in areas where Islamic State (ISIS) is active, the commander said.

Iraqi forces retook the disputed areas from Kurdish forces in mid-October 2017 in the wake of the independence referendum. Since then, ISIS militants have exploited a security vacuum in the space between Iraqi and Kurdish units, especially in Kirkuk and Diyala provinces.

On Sunday, one Iraqi policeman was killed and another was wounded in clashes between Iraqi forces and ISIS militants in Khanaqin.

Three other Iraqi policemen were killed and six others, including three members of the Kurdish security forces, were wounded in Khanaqin and Kirkuk between January 20 and 29.

(NRT Digital Media)