Power station bombed as insurgents exploit northern Iraq security gaps

Security leaders in Baghdad and Erbil have failed to implement plans to set up joint coordination centers.
Kurdish Peshmerga hold a post in the mountains between the towns of Tuz Khurmatu and Khanaqin, on the border of the Diyala and Sulaimaniya provinces, on November 22, 2012. (MARWAN IBRAHIM/AFP/Getty Images)

KHANAQIN - Insurgents bombed a power transmission station in the Jalula area of Diyala province late Monday, depriving many residents of electricity — the latest in a string of incidents that highlight the unresolved security gaps in northern Iraq's disputed territories.

Two local officials blamed the attack on the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) militant group. After losing control of its Iraqi territory in 2017, the group evolved into a guerrilla-style insurgency, finding safe havens in areas where fractious Iraqi security forces have consistently failed to establish a deterrent presence.

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