ERBIL – Kurdish Peshmerga shelled an Islamic State (ISIS) headquarters on Monday. Military sources reported that the barrage occurred near a Christian town in Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh Governorate.
The Peshmerga employed heavy artillery, bombing ISIS redoubts in Bartilla town, east of Mosul city.
“The bombardment caused a massive destruction to the ISIS headquarters in Bartilla. At least 16 ISIS terrorists were killed,” Kurdish army officer Lukman Baker said.
After the attack, intense clashes took place between Peshmerga forces and ISIS militants in the town’s vicinity. Two Peshmerga fighters were killed and five others were injured.
Iraqi Kurdistan hosts thousands of Christian civilians who fled from ISIS-held areas, notably Mosul. According to Baker, the Kurdish forces are trying to liberate Bartilla and other similar areas from ISIS in order to facilitate the return of the displaced civilians.
“Hundreds of Christians have been displaced from the town after ISIS took over Mosul [in June 2014],” local media activist Hawar Duhoki told ARA News. “The Peshmerga are trying to regain the town for its strategic location at the eastern entrance of Mosul, in preparation for attacking the city with support from the US-led coalition and the Iraqi Army.”
Reporting by: Sozbin Cheleng | Source: ARA News