Pesh­merga Re­take Vil­lages in Makhmour from ISIS

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Pesh­merga forces backed by coali­tion jets and armed Arab tribes­men pushed ISIS out of a se­cond vil­lage on the Makhmour front in less than a week, a Pesh­merga com­man­der said.

He said that the Is­lamic State (ISIS) mil­i­tants fought with sev­eral car bombs, but were de­feated.

Pesh­merga forces man­aged to re­cap­ture the vil­lage of Kudila on the Makhmour front with­out ca­su­al­ties, Nazm Harki, a Pesh­merga of­fi­cial on the Makhmour front, told Ru­daw.

“The re­cap­ture of the vil­lages of Kudila and Karm­rdi (ear­lier) are of great im­por­tance for the Pesh­merga be­cause th­ese have close prox­im­ity to [the vil­lages of] Haji Ali and Ga­yara town­ship,” he ex­plained.

“For mil­i­tary ge­og­ra­phy it is im­por­tant for the Pesh­merga, there­fore ear­lier this morn­ing, with a solid plan, we launched the as­sault," said Harki, re­fer­ring to the ISIS-held town­ship of Ga­yara in south­ern Mo­sul.

Karm­rdi was re­cap­tured on Mon­day by Arab tribal mili­tias backed by Pesh­merga forces.

Harki added that "ISIS left many dead bod­ies, weapons and am­mu­ni­tion be­hind."

A Ru­daw reporter on the scene said that ISIS launched a counter-of­fen­sive with many car bombs.

Harki said the rea­son ISIS al­ways de­pends on car bombs is be­cause "the num­ber of their mil­i­tants is de­creas­ing. Many have fled and died. Only a hand­ful of brain­washed mil­i­tants fight for them and ISIS uses them to carry out sui­cide mis­sions." He said ISIS now had to rely on ex­plo­sives, booby traps and car bombs in its as­saults.

In the lat­est of­fen­sive, the Pesh­merga de­stroyed four car bombs ISIS used to tar­get the Kur­dish forces.

Coali­tion war­planes played a sub­stan­tial role too. "We are grate­ful for that sup­port," Harki said.

He added that Arab tribal mil­i­tants had also played their part, and “we are go­ing to hand over th­ese vil­lages to the Arab fam­i­lies."

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