Iraqi army, Kurds, Shi’ite troops unite to take back oil-rich Kirkuk from ISIS

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The Iraqi army, Kurdish units and Shia militias will reportedly conduct a joint operation in order to retake Mosul from ISIS.

Iraqi army, Kurds, Shi'ite troops unite to take back oil-rich Kirkuk from ISIS

On Wednesday, Iraqi Al-Sabah newspaper said that Iraq’s army, an Iran backed Shi’ite militia group and Kurdish Peshmerga forces will launch an attack soon on ISIS positions in Kirkuk to drive away terrorists from the oil region.

According to the newspaper, the Iraqi army, Kurdish units and Shia militias will reportedly conduct a joint operation in order to retake Mosul from ISIS.

The newspaper also reported that on Tuesday, the commander of the Shi’ite Badr organization, Hadi al-Amiri, met the Kurdish Regional Government’s interior minister, Karim Sinjari and several officials from Iraqi defense ministry in Kirkuk to discuss about the possible assault on ISIS.

Al-Sabah said that they agreed on a plan to liberate Kirkuk and Baiji, to al-Shirqat.  Al-Shirqat is situated in 100 km south of Mosul, 100 km west of Kirkuk and 60 km north of Baiji.

The newspaper said that the oil city of Kirkuk is under Peshmerga control and Baiji oil refinery is controlled by the Badr Organisation, the largest factor of the Shi’ite Popular Mobilisation Forces coalition that started in 2014 to fight ISIS terrorists.

However, ISIS has lost most of its assets in Syrian war. If it loses oilfield and oil refineries from the largest Iraqi city of Mosul, many analyst believe that ISIS will not survive for long in Iraq as well without their sources of black money.

Since June 2014, Iraq has been observing ISIS terrorist activities. The US-led coalition started its operations allegedly hitting ISIS, although many believes ISIS is a creation of the west.

The 66-member US-led coalition has been failing to control ISIS terrorism, when a concerted push by Iraqi forces are dealing terrorists and forcing it out from the key cities of Iraq.

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