Pres­i­dent Barzani: Pesh­merga killed 3000 IS fighters

“Fight­ing IS has been more dif­fi­cult than Kur­dis­tan’s bat­tles against Sad­dam Hus­sein’s regime,”

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The Pres­i­dent of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, Mas­soud Barzani, an­nounced that the Kur­dish Pesh­merga forces have killed ap­prox­i­mately 3,000 IS mil­i­tants.

In an in­ter­view with the Lon­don-based Hayat Mag­a­zine, Barzani added, “800 Pesh­merga have been killed. Of those, 300 were of­fi­cers, two of them were ma­jor gen­er­als, and ten were bri­gadiers.”

Barzani also spoke of his De­cem­ber visit to a fam­ily who had lost three sons. He said he had to de­lay vis­it­ing them be­cause it was so hard on him, adding that he could not for­get their be­reaved mother.

He told the sto­ries of sev­eral Pesh­merga be­ing killed, and said, “Imag­ine see­ing an of­fi­cer alive at night, and then hear­ing about his death the next day.”

Barzani stated, “We de­feated IS, and we cleared 170 kilo­me­ters un­der the con­trol of IS. We killed about 3,000 ex­trem­ists.”

Barzani de­clared that the Pesh­merga forces are ready to” go into the fi­nal war” against the IS, if given the weapons and ammunition they badly need.

“We are ready to go into the fi­nal war against the ter­ror­ists if we are given the heavy weapons we need,” Barzani said.

He em­pha­sized that fight­ing IS has been more dif­fi­cult than Kur­dis­tan’s battle against Sad­dam Hus­sein’s regime. He also said that he had told the Iraqi of­fi­cials “Pesh­merga forces are ready to de­liver the fi­nal blow to the IS.”

Pesh­merga forces con­tinue their fight to re­take IS-held ter­ri­to­ries in the north of the coun­try, with clashes near the city of Kirkuk in­ten­si­fied since ISIS launched an attack in the area two weeks ago.

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