ISIS attacks Kurdish headquarters north Iraq, killing scores of Peshmergas

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Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers stand at the Khubbaz oil field, some 25 km west of the northern city of Kirkuk, as smoke billows in the background. File photo: AFP

ARA News

ERBIL – At least eight fighters from the Kurdish Peshmerga were killed and six more wounded when militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) bombed Peshmerga’s headquarters in northern Iraq, military sources reported on Sunday. 

The Peshmerga ministry of Iraqi Kurdistan said in a statement that ISIS launched an attack with mortar fire on their headquarters in Khazir district, about 40km east of Mosul.

“Daesh terrorists launched several mortar shells on a security center for our forces in Khazir on Sunday evening,” Peshmerga leadership said, using another acronym for ISIS.

“The terror attack led to the martyrdom of eight of our soldiers,” it said, adding that six others were injured.

“The wounded soldiers were transferred to Erbil (capital of Iraqi Kurdistan) for treatment,” the Kurdish leadership added.

Speaking to ARA News in Erbil, Peshmerga officer Mehme Khalil said: “Our forces were able to impede ISIS’s progress in eastern Mosul. The group now relies on mortar fire and suicide bombs to hit the ranks of the Peshmerga.” 

After the Kurdish Peshmerga army recaptured the Yezidi region of Shingal (Sinjar) and other areas in northern Iraq from ISIS last November, the radical group has recently launched several mortar attacks and suicide bombings targeting the Peshmerga headquarters in a bid to retake positions. 

This comes as the Peshmerga army and Iraqi government forces, supported by the U.S.-led coalition, prepare an extended military campaign to regain Mosul city, which is deemed the main bastion for ISIS in Iraq. 

Reporting by: Salar Qassim 

Source: ARA News 

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