Kurdish Peshmergas in anti-ISIS battlefront near Kirkuk, northern Iraq. Photo: Pierre-yves Baillet/ARA News
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ERBIL – A Peshmerga-led ground offensive backed by the US-led coalition warplanes, resulted in the capture of nine villages, 120 square kilometers, and killing 140 members of the Islamic State (ISIS) east of Mosul in northern Iraq, the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) said on Monday.
“Nine villages were cleared: Mufti, Tel Aswad, Upper Zahra Khatun, Lower Zahra Khatun, Tulebend, Gezekan, Chamakor, Kullabur and Wardak in an area measuring approximately 120 square kilometres. Further, approximately 140 ISIS terrorists were killed by Global Coalition warplanes and Peshmerga forces,” the KRSC added.
“This is one of the many shaping operations expected to increase pressure on ISIS in and around Mosul in preparation for an eventual assault on the city,” the security council stated.
The operation includes approximately 5,500 Peshmerga and was launched on Sunday.
Coalition warplanes have struck approximately 30 ISIS positions.
The key goal of the operation was to clear out several Shabah and Kakai villages.
“Fourteen ISIL VBIEDs were destroyed. An additional VBIED exploded but did not cause any injuries. Global Coalition warplanes attacked at least 75 ISIS positions,” the KRSC said. “Counter-IED teams will continue to clear the heavily-mined area.”
Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg
Source: ARA News