Kurdish soldiers of the Peshmerga. File photo/DoganErol
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ERBIL – Iraqi Kurdish forces of the Peshmerga on Friday seized eight new villages near Kirkuk after fierce battles against the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS).
The Peshmerga has reportedly shelled ISIS strongholds in the Daquq district south of Kirkuk, forcing the militants to withdraw from some eight villages in the area.
Speaking to ARA News, a source form the Peshmerga said their forces launched a “strategic operation” against the extremist group, by shelling “tactical units” of ISIS with heavy artillery and mortars.
“Our operation has caused heavy losses in ISIS’ ranks on Friday, where dozens of militants were killed, forcing the terrorist group to withdrew from several areas,” the source said.
The Kurdish forces found the corpses of 36 ISIS militants after the battles, according to the military source.
“The Peshmerga has regained eight villages from the ISIS terrorists in the Daquq district south Kirkuk.”
The liberated villages include Sumud, Senisan, Hesen Shallal, Tel Rabaa al-Sughra, Tel Rabaa al-Kubra, el-Bu Mihemed, Tel Saleh and Tebeh Douser in Daquq district.
The Peshmerga source told ARA News that the liberation of the villages from ISIS militants was accomplished with the support of the U.S.-led coalition’s air forces, “which hit fighting positions of the radical group south of Kirkuk”.
Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef
Source: ARA News