ISIS at­tacks con­fronted by Pesh­merga in Kirkuk

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

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.

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