Kurdish soldiers of the Peshmerga entering the Yezidi region of Shingal after expelling ISIS from the area in northern Iraq. Photo: ARA News
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ERBIL – Fierce clashes took place between Kurdish Peshmerga troops and militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) in the western suburb of Mosul, military sources reported on Sunday.
The clashes broke out after ISIS militants tried to attack Peshmerga headquarters west of Mosul, in northwestern Iraq, with two car bombs.
“Our forces targeted the cars before they reach their targets,” Peshmerga officer Saeed Fadil told ARA News. “Huge explosions took place after hitting the cars with machine guns, which indicates those have been loaded with large amounts of explosives.”
The Peshmerga officer pointed out that the clashes centered near the Kesk sub-district (25km west of Mosul).
At least five ISIS militants were killed in the clashes, while one Peshmerga fighter lost his life shortly after being injured.
“The Peshmerga has also repelled an attack by Daesh terrorists in Mashouq village,” Fadil told ARA News, using another acronym for ISIS.
In the meantime, the US.-led coalition conducted a series of airstrikes on ISIS positions in the vicinity of Mosul
“More than 50 Daesh terrorists were killed in Sunday’s airstrikes near al-Haytham village on the outskirts of Mosul city,” the Peshmerga officer reported.
Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef
Source: ARA News