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