Se­cu­rity forces need sup­port to fight ex­trem­ists in Kirkuk

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Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Sarhad Qadir, the chief of the Kirkuk po­lice, talks about the Is­lamic State in Iraq and as-Shām, which is com­monly known as ISIS or DAESH. He sheds light on the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s fight­ing tech­niques, its strength and ex­ter­nal sup­port.

ISIS is a pow­er­ful armed or­ga­ni­za­tion; its abil­i­ties and ca­pac­i­ties show that it has ex­ter­nal sup­ports. Its mem­bers are based in the Ham­reen Moun­tain and have al­ready an­nounced a state un­der the name of Kirkuk.

Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Sarhad Qadir, the chief of the Kirkuk po­lice, talks about the Is­lamic State in Iraq and as-Shām, which is com­monly known as ISIS or DAESH. He sheds light on the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s fight­ing tech­niques, its strength and ex­ter­nal sup­port.

ISIS is a pow­er­ful armed or­ga­ni­za­tion; its abil­i­ties and ca­pac­i­ties show that it has ex­ter­nal sup­ports. Its mem­bers are based in the Ham­reen Moun­tain and have al­ready an­nounced a state un­der the name of Kirkuk.

Gen­eral Qadir thinks ISIS is a dan­ger­ous or­ga­ni­za­tion which should not be ne­glected and must not be con­sid­ered an easy or­ga­ni­za­tion to fight.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion was founded in 2003 un­der the name of Tawhid and Al-Ji­had, then changed to AlQaida be­fore con­vert­ing to ISIS. There are sev­eral other ex­trem­ist groups from Iraq and Syria in­side the or­ga­ni­za­tion. Many se­cu­rity and po­lit­i­cal lead­ers from the for­mer Iraqi regime work within the or­ga­ni­za­tion. These lead­ers have par­tic­i­pated on mil­i­tary and in­tel­li­gence cour­ses and re­ceive lo­gis­ti­cal and mil­i­tary sup­port from abroad—it is this that has al­lowed ISIS to grow so large in such a short time.

Ac­cord­ing to Gen­eral Qadir, the drawn-out Syr­ian war has pro­vided ISIS with a per­fect op­por­tu­nity to test their mil­i­tary and in­tel­li­gence abil­i­ties by con­duct­ing a car bomb cam­paign and in fight­ing on the streets. Its mem­bers have gained ex­pe­ri­ence of all kinds of mil­i­tary tech­niques in Syria, and they have now brought these back to Iraq.

The gen­eral ad­mit­ted that many ar­eas are cur­rently un­der ISIS con­trol, in­clud­ing the Mount Ham­reen, Su­lia­man Bag, Tuz Khour­matu, Haw­ija, Zab and some ar­eas in Nin­eveh prov­ince. They have set up camps in these ar­eas and are equipped with many heavy and light weapons; in short, they are an army now.

In a joint mil­i­tary and po­lice oper­a­tion, the Iraqi forces were able to de­stroy eight bases in Haw­ija within two days and to de­stroy an­other 10 bases in the Abu Khana­jeer val­ley within 45 days. Dur­ing the op­er­a­tions, many car bombs were sub­ject to con­trolled det­o­na­tions and sev­eral aban­doned heavy weapons were seized.

One of the tech­niques that makes it dif­fi­cult for the po­lice to ar­rest ISIS mem­bers is that they leave booby-traps be­hind them­selves when they with­draw from an area. This keeps the Iraqi forces busy re­mov­ing the bombs, which pre­vents them from mak­ing ar­rests. This tech­nique has made Su­laiman Bag un­sta­ble, with the area some­times un­der ISIS and some­times un­der Iraqi con­trol.

Con­cern­ing ISIS’ aims, Gen­eral Qadir says: “ISIS’s strate­gic aim is not ob­vi­ous; one thing that is clear, how­ever, is that they want to top­ple the Iraqi govern­ment. If we an­a­lyze the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s name, though, it be­comes clear that they mean to con­trol Iraq and Syria”.

Gen­eral Qadir is happy to a de­gree over the achieve­ments of his Kirkuk po­lice force: “We have been able to de­stroy many ISIS bases, ar­rest sev­eral mem­bers, and seize their weapons and bombs. I am sure the bombs would have killed many people if we had not seized them”.

Fight­ing against ISIS is on­go­ing; so far, 29 mem­bers of the Iraqi armed forces have been killed and 13 oth­ers from the Kirkuk po­lice force.

The tribes and clans of Ham­reen Moun­tain are fed up with fight­ing, since they are un­able to fight ev­ery­one who en­ters their re­gion.

Gen­eral Qadir called on the govern­ment to arm the se­cu­rity forces and to re­cruit new mem­bers. He also asked for bet­ter in­tel­li­gence agencies, since ISIS is a dan­ger­ous or­ga­ni­za­tion and should not be ne­glected.

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