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Baghdad-Erbil security cooperation raises hope for counter-insurgency fight

After two years of talks, federal and KRG security forces have opened joint coordination centers that could help close security gaps exploited by insurgents.
Iraqi forces drive towards Kurdish peshmerga positions on October 15, 2017, on the southern outskirts of Kirkuk. (AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

ERBIL/BAGHDAD - The Iraqi federal government and the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) have established three joint coordination centers in an effort to improve cooperation between their respective security forces and close security gaps currently being exploited by armed groups and criminal gangs.

Insurgents from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) militant group have intensified their attacks in recent weeks, including on energy infrastructure, raising the level of urgency for a better security plan.

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