Kurdish commander accuses Iraqi troops of leaking confidential information about Peshmerga to ISIS

Peshmerga forces. File photo

ARA News

ERBIL – Members of the Iraqi army forces are believed to have been leaking confidential security information about the Kurdish Peshmerga headquarters to the extremist group of Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh province, Kurdish military commander said on Sunday. 

The ISIS group has launched several attacks against the Peshmerga forces in Makhmur suburb over the last few weeks.  

“We are sure that ISIS has intelligence agents among Iraqi army forces,” Sirwan Barzani, commander of the Kweir-Makhmur fighting front, told reporters in Erbil on Sunday. 

“We have no documents confirm our claims, but the awareness of the [ISIS] terror group about the Kurdish forces’ positions and movements in the region indicates that confidential information about the Peshmerga had been leaked to the terrorists,” he stressed.

Barzani pointed out that during meetings with the Iraqi army leadership, the radios and other surveillance equipment of the Peshmerga helped the Kurdish leadership discover sounds delivering information to ISIS on the Peshmerga movements. 

Last month, ISIS carried out several bombings on the Peshmerga headquarters near Makhmur and killed several Kurdish soldiers.

Backed by the western coalition’s air support, the Kurdish Peshmerga army has been combatting ISIS in northern Iraq for more than two years.

Reporting by: Sozbin Cheleng

Source: ARA News

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