House- to-House Battle in Shingal
Peshmerga forces are fighting house-to-house battles with the Islamic State in Shingal attempting to cut off the militants’ supply line with heavy artillery.
Kurdish forces have fortified their positions on Mount Shingal itself and a number of hills around the Yezidi town, captured by ISIS in August. They have also dug trenches protected with sand bags facing the town.
“The militants fire back daily and hope to push the Peshmerga forces to retreat,” said a commander on the edge of the town. “But we will keep fighting until we clear every house,” he added.
Bahram Arif Yaseen, who is a commander in Shingal, said that ISIS attacked Peshmerga in Shingal three times last Monday, but all the attacks were confronted by the Kurdish forces.
According to Yaseen, Peshmerge started bombarding ISIS last Tuesday and killed an ISIS leader in Telaafer, who was known as Abu Fallah Talaafari.
On the same day, ISIS launched a car bomb attack, but it was detonated by Peshmerga before reaching the Kurdish fighters.
To relieve the pressure on its forces in Shingal, several times over the past two weeks ISIS has launched failed attacks with car bombs and tanks on the Peshmerga in the Gwer-Makhmour area.