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Iraq, maxi anti-ISIS operation in Diyala and Kirkuk

The ISF launched a maxi offensive against ISIS in Diyala and Kirkuk. Objective: to destroy the great resistance pocket of the jihadists which recently increased the attacks on the population

The ISF launched a maxi operation against Isis in Diyala and Kirkuk, after the militiamen had carried out a series of attacks against the local population. In the maneuvers, which began in secret in recent days, also participates Inherent Resolve, which has already carried out some targeted raids on IS posts in the two Iraqi provinces. The jihadists tried to react with some surprise raids, but they failed to break the enemy defenses. The latest occurred in the village of Bai Hassan and injured three officers. The terrorists, however, were forced to retreat quickly, failing to stop the enemy counterattack. The offensive was born because it is believed that a large pocket of terrorists has settled in the area. These have recently raised their heads, increasing attacks on civilians to try to take control of the area with terror.

Inherent Resolve, which participates in the maneuvers, parallel creates a new anti-IS advising center in Erbil to improve coordination with Baghdad. The US will also further reduce their military under the MAG plan

Meanwhile, Inherent Resolve has announced the opening of an anti-Isis advising center in Erbil. This will be added to the central one in Baghdad and will deal in particular with Iraqi Kurdistan, coordinating with the “mother” structure. Military and advisors from 15 nations will operate there, providing specialized support to the ISF in all phases of operations against IS. From planning to execution. Its creation is part of the Coalition’s plan to reduce its military presence in the Middle Eastern country, remodeling it to meet local troops’ requests for targeted know-how (the mission has transformed into the Military Assistance Group, MAG). With this in mind, in fact, the US has just announced a further reduction of forces in Iraq, which in September should go from 5,200 to about 3,000.

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