Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan – On Wednesday, Iraqi Kurdistan’s Peshmerga forces repelled an attack by militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) in the city of Kirkuk, military sources reported.
“The Peshmerga in Kirkuk were backed by the Iraqi army as well as the international coalition’s air forces, and were able to repel the militants’ major attack against the oil-rich city,” Serbaz Hussein, a Kurdish media activist based in Kirkuk, told ARA News.
IS militants controlled three villages in the western countryside of Kirkuk on Wednesday morning, but the Peshmerga forces were able to regain them after hours of clashes.
“Five Peshmerga soldiers and an Iraqi policeman were killed during the clashes, while dozens of others were injured,” Hussein reported.
According to officials in the Ministry of Peshmerga, IS extremists intend to seize the oil fields and wells in Kirkuk, emphasizing that it appears that the group will intensify its operations in the coming days which will require more preparations by the Kurdish forces and the coalition to face the IS danger in Kirkuk.
Reporting by: Eyaz Ciziri
Source: ARA News
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