Kurdish Peshmerga forces seize ISIS military vehicles in northern Iraq. Photo: ARA News
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ERBIL – The Kurdish Popular Defence Forces (HPG) and the Shingal Resisting Units (YPŞ) announced they were able to kill more than 100 extremists of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Mount Sinjar in the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh.
The Kurdish forces of the HPG and YPŞ –affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)– in cooperation with the Peshmerga have started the battle for Shingal under the banner “Gele Shelo campaign” since Oct. 8.
“Since Oct. 8, ISIS terrorists have received heavy blows by the HPG, YPŞ and the Peshmerga,” the joint leadership said in a statement on Thursday.
“During the campaign, more than 100 ISIS terrorists have been killed,” the statement read. “Our forces were able to seize a large deal of arms and ammunition from the terror group.”
“We hit several strongholds belonging to the terror group in the Shingal area with heavy weapons,” it added.
The statement also explained “our forces carried out Wednesday a strategic military operation against ISIS extremists, during which dozens of militants were killed and wounded.”
Speaking to ARA News, Zaki Shingali, member of the Kurdish Community Movement (KCK), said that the Kurdish forces fighting in Shingal are the PKK-linked HPG YPŞ and the Peshmerga army.
“Despite our repeated calls for these forces to unite under a unified leadership, but this did not happen yet on ground,” he added, pointing out “if this happens, ISIS will be defeated in a very short time.”
Shingal area, where thousands of Yezidis used to reside, has been under the control of the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) since August 3, 2014.
On Tuesday, the Peshmerga army and allies, backed by U.S.-led strikes, stormed ISIS headquarters in southern Shingal.
Speaking to ARA News in Shingal, Yezidi fighter Aziz Mishko said that the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, backed by the U.S.-led warplanes, have launched a massive military operation on the southern areas of the ISIS-held Shingal in a bid to liberate the region from the terror group.
The source added that dozens of Syrian Kurdish fighters, supported by heavy machine guns and cars, arrived Saturday to Shingal area west of Mosul to participate in the anti-ISIS key battle,” he added.
The same source indicated that the Syrian Kurdish fighters are trying to coordinate with the Peshmerga forces to regain Shingal from the extremist group.
Noteworthy, ISIS seized control of the Yezidi region of Shingal after taking over the city of Mosul in the summer of 2014. Thousands of Yezidi Kurds have fled; hundreds were killed and thousands more have been taken into captivity, mostly women and young girls.
Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef and Ahmed Shiwesh
Source: ARA News