(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) IRBIL, Sept 24 (KUNA) -- The Iraqi army signed Sunday a military agreement with the Kurdish troops on ongoing battles in the so-called Islamic Stateآ's holdout in Kirkuk.
The agreement was signed in Kirkuk in attendance of a representative of the U.S-led Coalition alongside officials of Peshmerga and the Iraqi army, a statement by the Peshmerga troops said.
The agreement stipulates allowing a passageway for Iraqi troops from south of Kirkuk to attack Hawija. Peshmerga should take part in the battles depending on its artillery and heavy weapons, the statement added.
Peshmerga, according to the agreement, should also open a passageway to people displaced from Hawija. Troops should be ready to provide personnel required for the battles.
A high-level delegation from Iraqi Defense Ministry reportedly met on Friday with the Kurdish Peshmerga command in Kirkuk.
On Thursday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi and the Joint Operations Command announced launch of operations to liberate Hawija and western Shirqat.(end).