A Peshmerga fighter firing machine gun in clashes with ISIS in the Yezidi region in northern Iraq. File photo
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QAMISHLI – Subsequent to fierce clashes with the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, at least 20 militant fighters from the Islamic State (ISIS) were killed and more than 25 others were wounded near Mosul city in Iraq’s northwestern province of Nineveh, the Peshmerga said in a statement on Saturday.
“Daesh terrorists attacked our (Peshmerga) headquarters in Makhmur district southeast of Mosul, using car bombs and mortar shells,” the Kurdish leadership said in a statement, using another acronym for ISIS.
“But our forces repelled the attack subsequent to fierce clashes,” it added.
“At least 20 terrorists were killed and 28 more wounded in the clashes, before the group withdrew from the area towards its strongholds in Mosul.”
The Kurdish Peshmerga troops were able to repel the ISIS attack with support from the U.S.-led coalition’s warplanes.
Backed by the western coalition’s air cover, the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Iraqi army troops have recently intensified anti-ISIS operations in the vicinity of Mosul, aiming at liberating the city from the fist of the jihadis.
Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh
Source: ARA News