President Barzani: Peshmerga killed 3000 IS fighters
“Fighting IS has been more difficult than Kurdistan’s battles against Saddam Hussein’s regime,”
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.