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Peshmerga-ISIS fierce fighting in Tel Skuf; US serviceman killed

3/5/2016
Peshmerga forces on the Nawaran front, 10km northeast of  ISIS-occupied Mosul. Rudaw photo.
Peshmerga forces on the Nawaran front, 10km northeast of ISIS-occupied Mosul. Rudaw photo.

By Ayub Nasri

NAWARAN - Fierce fighting raged between the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Islamic State militants on the northern Iraqi town of Tel Skuf Tuesday afternoon, where 400 ISIS fighters were reportedly fighting and a US serviceman was reported killed.

Islamic State militants staged three suicide attacks on Peshmerga defense lines and the Kurds fought back, military officials told a Rudaw correspondent on the Nawaran frontline.

ISIS lashed out on multiple war fronts against Peshmerga forces early Tuesday with 400 fighters, wounding at least two Kurdish soldiers in car bombings and suffering casualties itself.

The fiercest fighting was reported in Tel Skuf, where two ISIS suicide attackers detonated their explosives in the early morning but failed to inflict Peshmerga casualties, despite a large number of militants reportedly involved in the battle.

Meanwhile, in Germany US Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the death of an American serviceman in Iraq, saying, “It is a combat death, of course. And a very sad loss."

The US military also announced the death in a statement.

“A coalition service member was killed in northern Iraq as a result of enemy fire,” said the statement by combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve.

ISIS took control some of Peshmerga frontlines, but the militants were later pushed back with air support by the US-led coalition, military sources said.

Comments

 
Gerdi | 3/5/2016
ISIS lost more than 40 fighters at that front line alone, well done Peshmerga! sorry for the loss of the American soldier
bebegun | 3/5/2016
Other Kurdish media are also reporting 6 fallen Peshmerga with the American soldier?
yad | 3/5/2016
Long live Peshmarga who defense us from the eminent gang in the area. May Allah heal the wounded and put them the martyrs in expand paradise with his mercy, that was happening a fiercest fighting between our hero Peshmarga with barbaric ISIS today, resulting to death toll of Peshmarga and they could retake those are where has been captured by ISIS with their blood
AKG | 4/5/2016
Why don't you mention that the NPU was there in Tel Iskof defending their Assyrian land after the Peshmerga line broke against ISIS?
Paul | 4/5/2016
Keep it going guys.You are the one beacon of hope in this dreadful conflict. I am an Australian but i truly appreciate your wonderful fighting qualities. You may be fighting in areas that are not Kurdish but until ISIS is utterly destroyed there will be no peace for you. Thank you for your sacrifices and keep it going until this scourge of humanity is totally eliminated.
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