Authorities in Iraq’s semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan, said that, about 4,000 Daesh militants, including foreigners, have been detained in the region.

“Since 2014, the (regional) security forces and the Peshmerga, have detained some 2,500 Daesh members, and with the start of the Hawijah operations, some 1,000 militants surrendered to the Kurdish forces,” Kurdish official, Dindar Zebari, told a press conference in the Kurdish regional capital, Erbil.

He also said that, about 350 militants detained in the city of Kirkuk were transferred to prisons inside the Kurdish region, when the Iraqi federal forces retook control of the oil-rich province of Kirkuk in mid-Oct.

“The names of all the prisoners have been sent to United Nations’ organisations, as well as, to the International Committee of the Red Cross,” Zebari said.

He said, the central government in Baghdad had demanded the Kurdish authorities to hand over the detainees, but adding that, such move should be only taken under the supervision of the United Nations.

The Kurds played a significant role in the war against the Daesh, which took control of large swathes of territory in western and northern Iraq in 2014, as well as, areas in neighbouring Syria.

Abadi sent his forces, on Oct 16, to retake the control of Kirkuk, as well as, key military sites and oilfields, in response to a controversial referendum on independence held by the Kurds in Sept.

Source: NAM News Network