Iraqi, Spanish Military Officials Discuss Counter-Terrorism Efforts

Top Iraqi and Spanish military officials have discussed on Thursday the security situation in the Middle East as well as defense collaboration between the two states as part of counter-terrorism efforts.

The Iraqi army said that head of the Counter-Terrorism Service, Ad. Gen. Abdul-Wahab Al-Saadi met with Chief of Defense Staff of the Spanish Armed Forces, Teodoro Esteban López Calderón, where both sides discussed bilateral relations.

The army said in a statement that both sides agreed to work in the areas of combating extremist terrorist organizations in the region and the world,

During the meeting, where Spanish Ambassador to Iraq, Pedro Martinez was also in attendance, Al-Saadi presented Calderón with an Islamic State (ISIS) flag, which was seized by the Iraqi forces during the battle of Mosul, as a symbol of the victory, it added.

Meanwhile, Al-Saadi highly praised the visit of the Spanish delegation to Iraq and briefed Calderón about military operations conducted across Iraq in the last two years aimed at fully clearing the country from the presence of militants.

Thie Spain-Iraq meeting came after two days ago Iraqi forces said they have foiled a suspected ISIS attack in Kirkuk province as Iraqi and Peshmerga fighters launch joint operations to increase cooperation in disputed territories where the terror group remains active, state media reported.

The Iraqi government declared victory against ISIS in 2017, but the group still continues to carry out bombings, hit-and-run attacks, and kidnappings across several provinces.

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