Pres­i­dent Barzani vis­its Gwer front­line

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

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

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