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Kurdistan

Peshmerga repel ISIS attack on two fronts south of Kirkuk

By Rudaw 12/8/2017
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DAQUQ, Kurdistan Region—Kurdish Peshmerga forces repelled an ISIS attack in a confrontation that lasted several hours Friday night south of Kirkuk.


Colonel Aso Faraj of the 9th infantry brigade told Rudaw that a group of ISIS militants attacked Peshmerga positions on two fronts near the Rukhana village.


Rukhana is a Kakei village.


Col. Faraj did not report any casualties on their side, saying that the Peshmerga managed to stop ISIS from taking the village or advancing into Kurdish territories.


South of Kirkuk has been an active front line between Peshmerga and ISIS in the last three years.


On July 26 militants launched a surprise attack against the Alud Pasha village where they killed four Kakeis, three of whom were members of one family.


Peshmerga forces are heavily present in the area but a force of 500 Kakeis formed in 2015 is also in charge of many villages though they report they are not capable of maintaining full security on their own.

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