Peshmerga deters ISIS-led attack on Christian town northern Iraq

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Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers observing ISIS locations near Mosul. File photo

ARA News

Erbil, Kurdistan Region – On Wednesday, a source from the Peshmerga forces told ARA News that IS militants launched an attack on the Peshmerga-held Christian township of Tel Saqif, in northern Mosul.

“Our forces were able to repel the attack which caused significant losses in the ranks of the IS group, forcing terrorist to retreat toward the city of Mosul,” the source added.

The source, who demanded anonymity, pointed out that the Peshmerga forces, in coordination with the U.S.-led international coalition, killed nearly 34 IS jihadists during the operations on Wednesday. 

“The group left behind its militants’ corpses along with a few cars.”

Also on Wednesday, militant fighters of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) launched an offensive on al-Rufa area in the vicinity of Fallujah, west of Baghdad, local activists reported.

Also, the group attacked a number of Iraqi military posts in the plants area near al-Karma town, Iraqi sources said on Wednesday.

Speaking to ARA News in Fallujah, media activist Khaled al-Tikriti confirmed that during al-Rufa battles, the IS insurgents seized 32 “Hummer” armored vehicles, a tank and a large deal of arms and ammunition. 

The Iraqi government forces, backed by Shiite militia of the Popular Mobilization Forces, are locked in ongoing clashes in the city of Baiji in Salahuddin province, central Iraq, where the group gained control of the strategic oil refinery a few weeks ago and imposed blockade on more than 200 Iraqi soldiers whose fate remained ambiguous.

 

Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef

Source: ARA News

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