Iraqi tribesmen brandish their weapons as they gather to show their willingness to join Iraqi security forces in the fight against ISIS Jihadist militants. File photo
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ERBIL – Clashes broke out between militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) and Iraqi tribal forces in Nineveh province on Thursday.
At least 15 ISIS militants were killed during clashes with tribal forces from al-Jabour clan in the Qiyara district west of Mosul in Nineveh province, local sources reported.
Speaking to ARA News, member of the al-Jabour clan Amed al-Luhaibi said: “The clashes broke out when ISIS terrorists tried to force young men from our clan to join their ranks. We prevented the group from taking any of our men. We killed more than 15 terrorists in the clashes and we will continue defending ourselves.”
“We have always refused the presence of this radical group in Mosul. We will fight ISIS until the last man of our clan,” al-Luhaibi said.
The source added that al-Jabour clan has been supporting the Kurdish Peshmerga army and the Popular Mobilization Force in the fight against ISIS for months.
“Our youth have participated in anti-ISIS battles in the Farraj and Kharbaniyah areas south of Mosul,” he said.
In August, the radical group executed a tribal leader from the al-Jabour, known as Rayan al-Abdullah, in Mosul on charges of supporting the Iraqi army and Peshmerga forces.
Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef
Source: ARA News