BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 A.M.) – Iraqi forces including the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) are gearing up for a new anti-ISIS operation in the province of Kirkuk report well-informed pro-government sources.
Reports of the new operation come after weeks of increased activities by Islamic State jihadists against the Iraqi Army, federal police and popular militias throughout the Kirkuk region.
In particular, hit-and-run raids by small groups of ISIS militants and bomb attacks against state infrastructures (i.e. police stations) and military convoys has plagued Kirkuk province in the last two weeks.
As expected, surviving ISIS elements in Iraq have converted back to a underground insurgency format following the defeat of the terrorist group’s Levantine empire at the end of 2017; major battles of maneuver have given way to so-called low-intensity operations.