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Ministry: 999 Peshmerga soldiers killed to date in war with ISIS

By Rudaw 4/2/2015
Peshmerga commander Brig. Sherko Shwani was killed in an ISIS assault on Kirkuk last Friday.
Peshmerga commander Brig. Sherko Shwani was killed in an ISIS assault on Kirkuk last Friday.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – According to the latest official casualty figures, 999 Peshmerga soldiers have been killed since the Islamic State (ISIS) began a massive offensive in Iraq last June.

Jabar Yawar, spokesman at the Peshmerga Ministry, said another 4,596 Peshmerga troops have been wounded in the war and under treatment inside the country or abroad.

Speaking at a news conference Wednesday, Yawar said the ministry “will do what it can” to assist families of the dead or wounded Peshmerga,  and praised the high morale of Kurdish forces.

“Our brave Peshmerga forces have shown respect for human rights and dignity, even in the battlefields, and respected international conventions of warfare,” Yawar said in response to a question about online images of dead ISIS fighters being dragged through the streets of Kirkuk.

“These incidents are in no way representative of the Peshmerga ethics and we will thoroughly investigate any military misconduct and punish the violators,” Yawar said.

He also said media reports from the Kurdish frontlines have provided ISIS with much information and harmed Kurdish military campaigns. He asked the media to be “wise” in their reporting.

In an interview published Tuesday, Kurdish President Massoud Barzani revealed that around 3,000 ISIS militants have so far been killed inside Kurdish territories that have been recaptured from the radical group.

Last month, after Kurdish leaders were denied an invitaton to an anti-ISIS conference in London by the international coalition involved in fighting the militants, Barzani lamented that Kurdish sacrifices were not adequately recognized by the world.

”It is unfortunate that the people of Kurdistan make the sacrifice and the credit goes to others,” he said about Kurdistan’s absence at the meeting.


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RAFI | 4/2/2015
Kurdistan is liberating Iraq from Isis but the same people asking us for help doesn't recognize Kurdistan. How can you have peace when your neighbors do not want peace? I know every group of people on this earth has unique set of challenges that we must face daily, but when I think of what my people have gone through and are going through now, well, I am humbled. I love you Kurdistan. I wish someday soon, we Kurds are able to put down our weapons, and enjoy the fruits of the blood, sweat, and tears we have endured in this land we call home. Biji Kurdistan! Long Live Kurdistan!
ARGUSHI, USA | 4/2/2015
Our heart and prayers goes out to the family's of all the brave Peshmerga who have given their life's up to protect all Kurds, Kurdistan and honestly the entire world. we wish a speedy recovery for the injured ones. LONG LIVE KURDISTAN AND PESHMERGA.
Alah is a snackbar? | 4/2/2015
Brave kurds killed by savage mohamedans. Renounce islam and enlighten yourself!
bain | 4/2/2015
There you go both the leadership and the ministry of Peshmerga made it very clear (again) that they will not tolerate or accept bad conduct or mistreatment of anyone by Kurdish forces. This has been the line all along, incidences like the one in Kirkuk are very rare and were not even related to Peshmerga, it was a few civilians. Peshmerga have always been known to have high moral values, that's why IS or Sunni insurgents always prefer to surrender to Peshmerga and not the Iraqi army or Shia militias. As for the incident in Kirkuk I'm glad that they will investigate and punish those responsible because a certain journalist on Rudaw tried to twist this incident into propaganda against Kurds, she should apologize to the Kurdish people immediately.
Human | 4/2/2015
May Allah have Mercy on the souls of the martyrs. May He raise them on the day of judgement full of noor and dignity. May He grant patience and honor to the families of the martyrs. Ya Allah, grant paradise to the martyrs and their families. May the khawarij cancer known as 'isis' be erased from the face of the earth. Ameen

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