Kurdish Peshmerga repels ISIS attack, kills 30 jihadis north Iraq

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Kurdish forces of the Rojava Peshmerga taking a break after clashes with ISIS militants in the vicinity of Makhmur town in northern Iraq. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

QAMISHLI – At least 30 militant fighters from the Islamic State (ISIS) were killed on Saturday in clashes with the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Makhmur district, northern Iraq. 

Clashes broke out after ISIS militants carried out three car bomb attacks on Peshmerga headquarters in Makhmur district. 

“The group conducted three simultaneous terror attacks with explosive cars near the Peshmerga headquarters, while other militants were trying to infiltrate in recently liberated villages in the district on Saturday evening,” Peshmerga officer Reshid Sufi told ARA News in Erbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan.

Eight Peshmerga fighters were reported dead in the ISIS-led attacks. 

‘The Peshmerga eventually repelled the attack after killing more than 30 terrorists and forcing the rest to withdraw from the district,” the source reported.

The Kurdish troops, backed by local Arab tribal groups, were able Thursday to retake the town of Koudellah in western Makhmur after expelling ISIS militants from the town. 

Also on Saturday, the Peshmerga liberated the villages of Gire and Merde in Makhmur district subsequent to clashes with ISIS fighters.

The Kurdish forces had also imposed their full control on the Khazir district in northern Iraq in a bid to impede ISIS’s progress in the areas on border with Iraqi Kurdistan Region.       

Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh 

Source: ARA News

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