KIRKUK — A Peshmerga official calls for a new plan for liberating Hawija district, southern Kirkuk, from the Islamic State (IS).
The Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Peshmerga, Major General Qaraman Sheikh Kamal, told BasNews that different forces are ready to take part in Hawija assault, including Iraqi and Peshmerga troops along with the US-led Coalition against IS.
The task of each force and the scope of their military operations needs to be determined before the operation begins, he said.
The Peshmerga official noted that the plan to liberate Hawija was made during the Mosul assault, but a new plan is required due to the changes that have taken place in the fight against IS in the country.
The Iraqi army and Peshmerga forces will take part in the operation, said the official, adding that the Hashd al-Shaabi militia forces won’t likely be engaged in the fight.
With taking control of Hawija, IS will no longer be able to pose threats to Kirkuk and its southern districts such as Tuz Khurmatu and Daquq, said the Kurdish official.