ISIS tries to impede Peshmerga progress towards Mosul

Kurdish Peshmerga special forces secure the Mosul dam after days of heavy fighting against Islamic State. File photo

ARA News 

ERBIL – Clashes broke out on Tuesday between Kurdish forces of the Peshmerga and militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) east of Mosul city in Iraq’s northwestern province of Nineveh.

The clashes, which centered in the Bartalah sub-district east of Mosul, came subsequent to an attack by ISIS militants on Peshmerga positions in the area. 

Kurdish army of the Peshmerga has recently made progress in the eastern and northern countryside of Mosul , in a bid to retake the city from ISIS jihadists in cooperation with the Iraqi army and supported by the U.S.-led coalition.

Speaking to ARA News, a spokesman for the Peshmerga said that the Kurdish forces pushed ISIS back after heavy clashes on Tuesday evening.

“After more than four hours of clashes, Daesh terrorists were forced to retreat towards Mosul city,” the source said, using another acronym for ISIS.

“Daesh terrorists also targeted our (Peshmerga) headquarters in the Safiyah village in Hamdaniya sub-district north of Mosul, but we were able to repel the attack with support of the coalition’s warplanes,” he said.

ISIS has reportedly used car bombs and mortar shells in its attacks on the Peshmerga positions east and north of Mosul on Tuesday. 

This comes as the radical group tries to fortify its headquarters in the city of Mosul amid preparations by the Kurdish Peshmerga army and Iraqi government forces to launch a large operation aimed at regaining Mosul from ISIS.  

Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef

Source: ARA News

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