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Baghdad, Erbil Coordinate Intelligence, Military Operations

Baghdad, Erbil Coordinate Intelligence, Military Operations

Monday, 10 August, 2020 - 06:30
A general view shows the Citadel of Erbil in Erbil, Iraq April 23, 2017. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

Iraq's military spokesman Yehya Rasool unveiled a joint military cooperation between the federal government and Kurdistan to exchange intelligence information and track down ISIS terrorist cells in addition to filling the military gap in some Iraqi cities and provinces.

Rasool highlighted joint security meetings and understandings between Iraqi Joint Forces Command and Kurdistan border guards. The meetings focused on discussing cooperation and coordination with regard to conducting joint military operations in some areas where intelligence information indicates the presence of ISIS terrorist cells, as well as exchanging intelligence information.

Rasool pointed out that "the areas in which joint cooperation takes place start from Diyala, Khanaqin, Kirkuk, and other regions and other areas witnessing terrorist ISIS activities.

Earlier, the Iraqi joint forces conducted security operations to secure several regions within “Heroes of Iraq 4”.

Moreover, the Military Intelligence Directorate stated Sunday that two ISIS terrorists were arrested in Kirkuk governorate.

In a statement, the directorate said: "The arrest took place in an operation carried out according to accurate intelligence information", adding that the terrorists used to provide logistical support to ISIS, including food and communication devices. Besides, they participated in the clashes with the Iraqi security forces.

"Terrorists are wanted by the judiciary under an arrest warrant," the statement indicated.

In another context, Anbar Criminal Court, in its first instance, issued a death sentence by hanging for the criminal who killed soldier Mustafa al-Athari in Falluja in May 2015. Athatri's body was hung on the Fallujah Bridge, sparking a wave of popular anger.

The Media Center of the Supreme Judicial Council stated that “the convicted person confessed to having committed the crime, and the court issued the verdict in accordance with Article 4/1 of the Anti-Terrorism Law."

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