A Kurdish Peshmerga fighters standing at the top of a hill near Duhok, Iraqi Kurdistan. Photo: ARA News
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DUHOK – The Islamic State (ISIS) extremist group launched on Friday a series of suicide bombings on positions for the Kurdish Peshmerga near the city of Mosul in Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh province.
Scores of the Peshmerga soldiers were reportedly injured in the attacks.
“Daesh (ISIS) terrorists carried out four suicide attacks near the Peshmerga headquarters in the Aski sub-district near Mosul,” Peshmerga spokesman Jabbar Derwalli told ARA News, adding that five Kurdish soldiers were injured in the attacks.
“The radical group tries to compensate its recent losses in Nineveh and other areas in northern Iraq by conducting such suicide attacks,” Derwalli said.
The official pointed out that the Peshmerga has installed new checkpoints in the vicinity of Aski and other liberated areas near the border with the Kurdistan Region “to monitor any suspected movements by the terrorists in order to prevent them from reaching their targets”.
This comes just two days after similar bombings by ISIS hit a Peshmerga headquarter near Makhmur and killed several Kurdish soldiers.
Speaking to ARA News, Brigadier General Talat Saleh Zarari of the Kurdish Peshmerga army said earlier on Thursday that their recent gains in Nineveh province “reflect the gradual collapse of ISIS”.
“Under heavy blows by the Peshmerga, ISIS is getting weaker day by day. With the constant advance by our units and allied forces in northern Iraq, ISIS appears unable to resist for long,” he said.
Reporting by: Ali Issa
Source: ARA News