Heroic Kurd fighter ‘drove into ISIS sui­cide bomb truck to save his com­rades’

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Sam Webb Mir­ror

A heroic Kurd fighter smashed into an ISIS sui­cide bomb truck to save his com­rades in arms

A Kur­dish fighter in Iraq made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice by driv­ing into an ISIS sui­cide truck to save his fel­low fighters, it has been re­ported.

A tweet posted by a Kurd sup­porter shows a Kur­dish Pesh­merga sol­dier in a large crater in the cen­tre of a road.

It read: "Dur­ing the Tel Isqof bat­tle be­tween Pesh­merga and ISIS, a Pesh­merga drove at an ISIS SVBIED (sui­cide ve­hi­cle­borne im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice) to stop it."

The re­port has not yet been in­de­pen­dently ver­i­fied.

Pesh­merga com­man­der Sheikh Ahmed crashed into an ISIS sui­cide bomb car in 2014, it was pre­vi­ously re­ported.

ISIS mil­i­tants over­ran the town of Tel Isqof in Iraqi Kur­dis­tan dur­ing dawn on May 3 but they were driven out of the town by Pesh­merga fighters later in the day.

In the same bat­tle an Amer­i­can sol­dier was killed by Is­lamic State fighters in Iraq.

US defence sec­re­tary Ash Carter said the sol­dier was killed dur­ing fight­ing near Ir­bil.

He is the third Amer­i­can killed in di­rect com­bat since a US-led coali­tion launched a cam­paign against the ji­hadist group in 2014.

A US mil­i­tary of­fi­cial said the Amer­i­can died while per­form­ing his duty as an ad­viser to Kur­dish Pesh­merga troops.

He was killed by "di­rect fire" after Is­lamic State forces pen­e­trated the Pesh­merga's for­ward line.

The Amer­i­can was two to three miles be­hind that front line, the of­fi­cial said.

Around 600 fighters with the ter­ror group have been killed over the past month, bring­ing the to­tal deaths to around 25,000, ac­cord­ing to Down­ing Street.

ISIS has suf­fered ma­jor set­backs over the past months in Syria at the hands of govern­ment forces and US-backed Kur­dish fighters in­clud­ing the loss of the his­toric city of Palmyra.

The self-de­clared caliphate has also suf­fered fi­nan­cially from coali­tion strikes on the oil fa­cil­i­ties which pro­vide much of its in­come and has lost ter­ri­tory in Iraq to the forces of the Baghdad govern­ment.

Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron 's of­fi­cial spokes­woman said: "We have now seen more than 25,000 Daesh fighters killed, over 600 in the last month or so.

"The num­ber of Daesh fighters is es­ti­mated to be at its low­est for about two years."

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