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Iraq, ISF and Peshmerga structure cooperation against the Islamic State

ISF and Peshmerga structure cooperation against the Islamic State. New JOCs are born in Khanaqin, Kirkuk, Makhmour and western Nineveh. In addition, elections are expected to create 2 anti-ISIS Joint Brigades

Iraqi security forces (ISF) and Kurdish Peshmerga are working to create a joint coordination structure against the Islamic State in Iraq. This passes through Joint Operation Centers (JOC) along the borders in the disputed provinces and through two Joint Brigades. On the first side, everything is ready: the JOCs will be located in Khanaqin, Kirkuk, Makhmour and in the western Nineveh. They will join those already active for some time in Baghdad and Erbil. On the second, the parties await the outcome of the parliamentary elections on 10 October. Not all political parties, in fact, positively judge the hypothesis of a joint force. The two units, which should be made up of elements of the ISF Golden Division and elite Peshmerga personnel, would still be under full control of the national government. Certainly, there is a need to act quickly. The former ISIS recently increased attacks in the Middle Eastern country, especially in the disputed quadrant.

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