Kurdish troops of the Peshmerga. File photo
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DUHOK – Iraqi Kurdistan’s Peshmerga Ministry said in a statement that 1466 Kurdish soldiers have been killed since the start of the fighting against the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) in northern Iraq.
Also, 8610 Peshmergas have been reportedly injured so far in the war on ISIS.
“Our brave forces have not hesitated to attack ISIS strongholds in different areas to clear this region of those terrorists,” Peshmerga officer Izzaddin Wanki told ARA News. “We are willing to make the sacrifices required in order to liberate this region and regain civil peace.”
Moreover, 60 Peshmerga soldiers have disappeared during clashes, and believed to have been taken as hostages by ISIS.
Wanki believes that the excessive use of car bomb attacks by ISIS has caused many casualties among the Kurdish Peshmerga forces.
“In many cases, our headquarters and security checkpoints were exposed to terror attacks causing huge numbers of casualties. However, in the clashes we’ve always hit the ISIS terror group and killed large numbers of their militants,” the Peshmerga official told ARA News.
According to Wanki, the intensified military support by the western countries and the improvement of the Peshmerga’s fighting tectonics have contributed to the decrease of casualties in their ranks recently.
“Unlike before, now our forces are more equipped and well trained on how to fight this group with less casualties,” he said. “We will continue combatting this group until cleansing the entire region of terrorism.”
Reporting by: Ali Issa
Source: ARA News