“Washington is bombing with Baghdad’s approval.” Parliament recalls the security coordination to target ISIS in Iraq[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] |Today[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
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Today, Saturday (December 9, 2023), the Parliamentary Security and Defense Committee commented on the United States carrying out air strikes against the ISIS terrorist organization in Iraq.
Committee member Yasser Watout told “Baghdad Today” that “any air strike carried out by the United States of America against the terrorist organization ISIS in Iraq is with the knowledge and approval of the Iraqi government, and some of these strikes were even at the request of Baghdad.”
Wattut stated, "The American side cannot carry out any air strike against ISIS inside Iraqi territory except with the knowledge and approval of the Iraqi government, and there is ongoing and continuous security coordination between Baghdad and the international coalition in particular, in addition to the exchange of information and expertise."
It is noteworthy that the United States forces and their allies carried out 387 operations against ISIS in Iraq and Syria during the year 2023, which is much more than they did in the whole of last year 2022. However, despite the acceleration of the pace of these operations, a much smaller number of ISIS members were killed compared to last year. .
A report on the US Central Command, "Centcom", said that up to October 2023, US forces and allied forces were able to kill 101 suspected militants in these operations, 78 of whom were in Iraq, and 23 in Syria, but in comparison, the forces killed There are no less than 686 ISIS militants in the ally during the year 2022, including 220 in Iraq, and 466 in Syria.
The report indicated that although a smaller number of ISIS militants were killed during the year 2023 in Iraq and Syria, the allied forces were able to capture a larger number of suspected ISIS members compared to 2022, explaining that a total of 483 ISIS members were arrested until the end of October. October, including 150 who were arrested in Iraq and 333 in Syria.
On the other hand, in 2022, American and allied forces were able to arrest 374 suspects, including 159 in Iraq and 215 in Syria.
The report pointed out that the pace of operations against ISIS in both Iraq and Syria remained constant during the months of September and October compared to the months that preceded them, despite the ongoing attacks launched by Iranian-backed groups against American forces in the region, indicating that it is Last October 17, American soldiers in both countries were attacked by drones and missiles 64 times, 30 of them in Iraq and 34 in Syria, according to what the Pentagon had announced.
The report stated that during the months of September and October, American forces carried out 53 joint operations in Iraq, which led to the killing of 10 suspected ISIS militants and the arrest of 33 others. They also carried out 23 joint operations in Syria and three other missions for the United States only in Syria, which led to the killing of three ISIS members and the arrest of 45 others.