Kurdish soldiers of the Peshmerga. File photo
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Qamishli, Syria – The Ministry of Kurdish Peshmerga in the Iraqi Kurdistan revealed Monday the losses in the war against Islamic State group (IS/ISIS), which claimed the lives of 1,200 Peshmerga fighters and injured at least 7,000 others.
“Our martyrs (Peshmerga dead fighters) are so far 1,200, while the wounded reached 7,000,” the Minister of Peshmerga, Mustafa Sayid Qadir, told reporters in Erbil.
Last February, the Ministry of the Kurdish Peshmerga announced the number of the Kurdish fighters, who were killed in the anti-IS war, to reach 1000 fighters.
Speaking to ARA News, the Syrian Kurdish politician Rodi Osman said that the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) “have drawn the map of the State of Kurdistan with the blood of Kurdish martyrs in their fight against the terrorist group (IS).”
“These martyrs defended the Kurdish people and the land of Kurdistan from terrorists ــwho have been trying to end the existence of this struggling nation,” he argued.
The Islamic State is in control of a number of Iraqi provinces and cities, while the Peshmerga and Iraqi forces, under air cover by the U.S.-led international coalition’s warplanes, were able to regain some of those areas in the provinces of Nineveh and Anbar.
Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh
Source: ARA News