World Bulletin / News Desk
“Army troops and Peshmerga forces carried out their first joint operation in the Al-Qaraj Mountain region,” Colonel Saad Tahseen of the Iraqi army’s 16th Division said.
As part of the operation, Tahseen said, joint forces had “inspected” the villages of Ali Rash, Qawran, Baradi and Suran.
According to the army officer, the operation is meant to restore confidence between the Iraqi army and the Peshmerga following “disagreements” that soured relations between the two sides last year.
Following an illegitimate referendum on Kurdish regional independence last September, Iraqi federal forces moved into parts of the country “disputed” between Baghdad and the Erbil-based KRG.
Peshmerga fighters withdrew from all disputed territories following limited clashes with Iraqi security forces.