ERBIL – The Kurdish Peshmerga forces deployed over the Mounts of Ishkaft, Muter and Sasan in northern Iraq, pounded Saturday headquarters belonging to the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) in the town of Tal Afar, northern the capital Baghdad, local sources reported.
Speaking to ARA News in Tal Afar, media activist Abu Abbas said that neighborhoods of Tal Afar were exposed to heavy bombardment on Saturday, “which caused a state of panic in the ranks of the hardline group”.
“Daesh militants evacuated their main headquarters in Tel Afar and have hidden in civilians’ houses to avoid Peshmerga bombardment,” Abbas said, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS.
The Peshmerga forces have chosen specific targets for the terror group in the town, such as weapons warehouses and ammunition depots, as well as ISIS security checkpoints in Tel Afar.
An informed source told ARA News that the group’s leaders have transferred their families from Tel Afar to the city of Mosul for fear of Peshmerga shelling and intensified U.S.-led airstrikes.
“Local ISIS fighters confirmed that their leaders used to transfer their families to safer areas upon any close defeat, leaving them (local militants) face their fate in front of the Peshmerga and the coalition forces,” the source said on the condition of anonymity.
He added that warplanes of the U.S.-led coalition have been striking ISIS locations in Tal Afar since Friday’s dawn. “The most recent strike hit an ISIS convoy that consisted of six cars heading to the group’s major bastion Mosul, in northern Iraq.”
The operation led to the bombardment of the six cars and the death of the convoy’s entire crew.
The U.S.-led coalition warplanes have also bombed ISIS’s bases in the villages of Itmarat and Qabik in Tal Afar suburbs, local sources reported on Saturday evening. There were no further information on the casualties.
In June 2014, ISIS seized control of Tel Afar city, where 200,000 people used to reside. This came subsequent to the group’s control of Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul.
Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef
Source: ARA News