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US-led airstrikes target ISIS positions east of Kirkuk

9/2/2015
A steet in Kirkuk after the ISIS attack that killed dozens of Peshmerga soldiers late last month.  AP photo.
A steet in Kirkuk after the ISIS attack that killed dozens of Peshmerga soldiers late last month. AP photo.

by Sirwan Abbas

KIRKUK, Kurdistan Region – Sustained US-led airstrikes pounded ISIS strongholds in and around the town of Hawija east of Kirkuk early Monday,  as coalition forces ready for an expected assault on the strategic oil-rich city.

“It was a response to the ISIS reinforcement in Hawija,” Kirkuk police chief Sarhad Qadir said about the air raids.

He told Rudaw that the militants had deployed forces from the neighboring towns of Salahaddin and Beji to Hawija, from where they launched “calculated attacks” on Kirkuk, about 30 minutes away.

“Our intelligence services provided the coalition with detailed information about ISIS hideouts in the town, which made it easier for them to strike,” Qadir said.

Hawija, with a mixed Kurdish-Arab population, has been under ISIS control since June last year. Earlier last week, Kurdish military sources said the recent attacks on Kirkuk, in which dozens of Peshmerga forces were killed, were launched from the city using mid-sized missiles.

The Kurdish Asayish policing forces are in charge of security in the ethnically-mixed city of Kirkuk and have so far declined the deployment of Iraqi forces to the area, fearing it would trigger renewed sectarian violence in the province.

Kurdish President Massoud Barzani said last week that Peshmerga forces are capable of holding back the jihadist militants.

“Kirkuk will not fall to the Daesh, it is secure,” Barzani was quoted as saying in an interview with the London based Al-Hayat daily published on Friday. 

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Truth | 9/2/2015
“Kirkuk will not fall to the Daesh, it is secure,” Barzani was quoted as saying. He didn't add the unspoken part: Kirkuk will not fall to Iraqi army or Shiite militia, either! If Iraqi army or Shiite militia really want to help, how about liberating Mosul?
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Bakir Lashkari | 9/2/2015
I suggest that the airstrikes will go on until all ISIS are pushed back to Mosul. Then Carry on with bombing around Mosul and inside Mosul with a commando's day and night. The only way to clean the ISIS up in the region is to Carry on with airstrikes and pushing them and killing them by doznes everyday, but also day and night searching, cupturing them and bring them on the TV! The Foreign Fighetrs should be shown on the TV to it's own original countries where they came from. Those Arabs in Iraq and Syria should be captured and send them for the interrogations and should tell where AbuBakir Al Baghdadi is hided himself, who is supplying them by weapons and money, who is buying the Oil from them until we know who they are and who are behind them........
Kurdish Patriot | 9/2/2015
If ISIS did succeed, all the ARABS and Turk-mans would have joined ISIS in the fight against Kurds. This would be Turkey's dream come true. Why are we always the target? It should be us pushing ISIS back and the other way round?
Truth | 9/2/2015
Is it correct to send the Shia militias and Iraqi army away. They can go attack Mosul or defend Baghdad or something else. Kirkuk is a Kurdish city now as it was in the past before the Arabization campaigns.
Hersh | 10/2/2015
It's always great to hear that the coalition are proactive and not waiting for the next attack from Daash. We have to also commend the intelligence branch of the Peshmerga, it's a branch that rarely gets credit, all the intel for these US strikes comes from them. It's thanks to them and Asaysh that the Kurdish region is the most most stable and secure parts of Iraq, they have a very high degree of trust amongst the local population, and assets in every ethnic and sectarian group in Iraq.
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