ISIS attacks confronted by Peshmerga in Kirkuk
The forces of the so-called Islamic State, or ISIS, have been defeated in a counterattack against the Peshmerga in western Kirkuk province, a Peshmerga officer confirmed on Sunday.
"On September 30, a large scale operation began to liberate Garra Heights as a strategic position west of Kirkuk and Peshmerga managed to achieve victory," said Kamal Kirkuki, a Peshmerga commander on Kirkuk frontline
Kirkuki refused the allegations claiming that Pehsmerga have withdrawn from some locations.
“After Wednesday's assault, the Islamic State militants started to worry and on Saturday aimed to regain control of the areas that the Peshmerga liberated, but they failed."
Kirkuki said the ISIS radicals attacked with heavy weapons and heavy bombing but they were soon defeated.
He added that eight ISIS fighters were killed and at least 10 were wounded during Saturday assault, including an ISIS leader known as Abu Shair al-Libi whose body is still missing.
On Wednesday, Peshmerga forces recaptured large tracts of territory west of Kirkuk that were in Islamic State control.
With the help of US-coalition airstrikes, the large-scale operation resulted in the liberation of Garra Heights as well as six villages.