ISIS Makhmour attack death toll reaches 13
The local government and the Health Directorate in Erbil Governorate, announced on Friday, December 3, that the death toll of the ISIS attack in Makhmour district has reached 13, in addition to five wounded.

Erbil Governor Omed Khushnaw and Director General of Erbil Health Dilovan Muhammad told reporters.

"Unfortunately, what happened yesterday was the result of the security gaps that exist in these areas, and for this, we demand urgent security coordination between the Peshmerga and the Iraqi forces, with the support of the Global Coalition," Khushnaw said.

He added, "The Peshmerga forces rushed to the scene of the incident, but were ambushed by ISIS."

Khushnaw indicated that there are 13 deaths until now, noting that a member of the Peshmerga was admitted to the intensive care unit.

For his part, the Director-General of the Erbil Health department said that five injured were admitted in Erbil hospitals, and their health condition is currently stable, except for one case in the ICU.

Makhmour is a mountainous area about 70 km southeast of Mosul and 60 km southwest of the Kurdish capital of Erbil.

Kurdistan's Prime Minister Masrour Barzani called for greater security cooperation between Iraqi Kurdish and Iraqi security forces to stop Islamic State's insurgent activities.

Iraqi officials and analysts have long blamed a lack of coordination along a stretch of territory claimed by both Baghdad and Erbil for Islamic State's continued ability to wage deadly attacks.

Islamic State controlled roughly a third of Iraq between 2014 and 2017, including the remote Makhmour region but also major cities including Mosul.

A loose coalition of U.S.-led forces, Iraqi and Kurdish troops and Shi'ite militias defeated the Sunni Muslim extremist group in 2017, but its members still roam areas of northern Iraq and northeastern Syria.

Western military officials say at least 10,000 Islamic State fighters remain in Iraq and Syria.

Kurdish security and hospital officials said the final death toll was at least 10 Peshmerga soldiers and three villagers.

There was no immediate claim by Islamic State for the attack. The group regularly wages assaults against security forces and civilians in the area.

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