The Battle of Rabi’a
On Tuesday in Rabi'a region, the Peshmerga forces were attacked by ISIS militants. After an eight hour long fight, the Peshmerga could counter attack and inflict heavy losses on IS. More than 50 terrorists were killed and tens of artillery pieces and other equipments were seized. A Brigadier General of one of the Peshmerga forces said that currently Rabi'a is calm and no IS movements can be seen,"We have high morale and are ready to thwart any enemy attack."
ISIS attacks in Rabi'a
Colonel Kamaran Dasko of West of Tigris told Hewler newspaper: "At 7:15 am, the IS attacked our forces in both Tel-Hayat and Awynat villages with a great force. After a very vicious fight that reached a point when we were shooting with our pistols and hurling grenades at each other. But after an eighthour fight we were able to defeat the IS. We forced them to withdraw. We in- flicted heavy losses upon them in both personnel and equipment. Some fifty terrorists were killed and 150 more were injured who were sent to Mosul hospitals.
The significance of
Rabi'a to ISIS
Colonel Kameran also said that due Rabi'a strategic position the IS fighters keep trying to control that place. They want the cities in the border areas of Syria and Iraq under their control so that they can have well-connected territories of their Chalifat." He reiterated firmly that until there is one single Peshmerga in Rabi'a the IS cannot control it again."Every time they try, we will turn the area into a real hell for these warped barbarians."
Peshmerga's high morale and being
in the forefront
A source within Peshmerga revealed to Hewler newpaper that the Kurdish forces have great and high morale and are always at the forefront. In contrast, IS fighters don't have the ability to attack any longer, and are always in withdrawal. Peshmerga is ready and at their best and will not allow terrorists to control these lands that have been freed by them.
The same source also mentioned that in the Rabi'a fight, in addition to Peshmerga causing damage to IS, they also captured a lot of military material. They were able to seize 4 hummers, 9 cars and some lighter weapons such as sniper rifles, BKC and machine guns. They also found 18 dead bodies of the terrorists on the battlefield.
Most of the terrorists had foreign passports
Hashim Sitayi, 8th Brigade General told Hewler: "Most of the IS fighters carried foreign passports such as Saudi, Yemeni, and even German passports.
Sitayi also stated that IS militants in Mosul and its surroundings are in great dangers of annihilation. They are contentiously withdrawaing and do not have the capacity to launch attacks any more. Unless they perform suicide bombings, they do not have the same strength as before. In the regions they control, especially in Mosul, they have started to vandalize and pillage homes of ordinary citizens.
The effect of the
The allied forces coordinated their bombardments with the movements of the Kurdish forces on the ground. The air strikes had tremendous effects on the IS. As a result, the enemy's weapons and equipments were destroyed and the Peshmarga could liberate Rabi'a.