Peshmerga forces engage in street fighting against ISIS in Shingal

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Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Iraqi special forces deploy their troops outside of the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, Iraq on June 12, 2014. File photo

ARA News

Erbil, Kurdistan Region – Kurdish military source told ARA News on Saturday that since Friday morning, the Yezidi-majority city of Shingal (120 km (west of Mosul) in northern Iraq is witnessing hit-and-run battles between the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and militants of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS).

At least seven fighters of the Peshmerga were reported killed during the clashes, while 25 militants of the IS group were killed, according to the source (who spoke on condition of anonymity). 

“The clashes centered in the Barbaroosh neighborhood of central Shingal,” the source said, pointing out that the U.S.-led international coalition’s warplanes roamed over the area and bombed “a couple of IS strongholds”. 

The IS radicals took control of the Shingal area in early August of 2014, when the largest mass displacement took place after thousands of Yezidi Kurds left their villages near the Kurdistan region, and more than nine thousand fled, retreating to the top of Mount Sinjar and remained stranded there for months, before Peshmerga forces were able to lift the siege and force the IS militants to withdraw from the mountain last week. 

 

Reporting by: Sarbaz Yusuf

Source: ARA News

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