President Barzani visits Gwer frontline
The Kurdistan Region President, Massoud Barzani, visited the Gwer frontline to the south of Erbil, capital of the Kurdistan Region last Tuesday and promised to do whatever necessary to protect the town from Islamic State (IS) militants.
During his visit, Barzani spoke with Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the area. Barzani’s visit came after Islamic State fighters attacked the Kurdish forces and killed at least 30 Kurdish militia members in fierce fighting over the weekend in the area.
The fighting took place on the outskirts of Gwer, the same town 30 miles outside of Irbil whose capture by Islamic State militants in early August helped prompt the U.S. aerial intervention, and began Saturday morning when hundreds of Islamic State fighters crossed a small river in boats in hopes of outflanking Kurdish militia who’ve occupied Gwer for the last five months.
Barzani thanked the Peshmerga and security forces for their recent brave and heroic defense of the area against IS militants.
Barzani also reiterated his commitment to protecting Gwer from any threat of attack from IS insurgents by sending more heavy weapons and instigating a review of operations in the area. “We will do whatever is needed to protect the town.” Barzani said