Kurdish Peshmerga forces expel ISIS from 12 villages north Iraq, kill 160 jihadis


Kurdish Peshmergas in anti-ISIS battlefront near Kirkuk, northern Iraq. Photo: Pierre-yves Baillet/ARA News

ARA News

DUHOK Kurdish forces of the Peshmerga bombed ISIS positions in the Khazir district of Nineveh province in northwestern Iraq, and captured at least 12 villages on Monday.

The Iraqi Kurdistan’s Peshmerga were able to expel ISIS from the villages of Abzakh, Tal Hamid, Taakhi, Kanshi al-Saghira, Shanf, Satih, Humaira, al-Ameriyah, al-Hasoudiyah, Kanshaha al-Saghira and Kinshasa al-Kabira.

“Monday’s gains enabled the Peshmerga army to reach the strategic Kuweir bridge, pushing ISIS back in Nineveh,” Peshmerga officer Bassim Mahmoud told ARA News.

The Kurdish leadership reported that at least 160 ISIS militants were killed in the recent operations. 

“The remarkable advance took place while President Massoud Barzani [of Iraqi Kurdistan] joined the fighting front to accompany the Peshmergas,” Mahmoud reported.

The official pointed out that 13 Kurdish soldiers lost their lives in Monday’s clashes, among them were three Syrian Kurds. 

Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh

Source: ARA News

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