Representational photo of Peshmerga fighters stationed in a military position against the ISIS militants. File photo: Rudaw
KIRKUK, Kurdistan Region – Kurdish Peshmerga forces repelled an ISIS overnight attack that left two Peshmerga soldiers dead, and six wounded in Tuz Khurmatu, about 75 km south of Kirkuk, a Peshmerga commander told Rudaw.
Abdullah Bor, a veteran Peshmerga and the commander of the Khurmatu front told Rudaw that the ISIS militants attacked the Peshmerga lines at 11:00 o'clock Tuesday night.
The attack was in Abud villiage.
He added they were able to repel the attack and kill a number of militants without giving a specific number.
Kawa Shekhani, a Peshmerga officer told Rudaw that the ISIS militants also attacked the mainly-Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi forces and the Iraqi army in the area last night.
The officer described the clashes as tough fighting between the Kurdish soldiers and the ISIS militants.
This is the third ISIS attack on Peshmerga positions near Tuz Khurmatu in less than a month. On May 28 militants attacked Peshmerga positions wounding six, and kidnapping one. The extremist group later published a photo of the abducted Peshmerga fighter, also confirmed by his family. His fate is yet unknown.
On May 18, the Peshmerga repelled a group of five ISIS militants’ pre-dawn assault on a Peshmerga base on the Tuz Khurmatu front. Tuz Khurmatu lies on the border areas between the Kurdistan Region and the rest of Iraq and part of territories claimed by Baghdad and Erbil.
On May 7, a group of five ISIS militants launched another pre-dawn assault on the Peshmerga's Kaywan military base 15 kilometers south of Kirkuk city.
After Iraqi forces fled large parts of the country in the face of an offensive by ISIS in June 2014 – leaving land and massive caches of weapons to the militants – Kurdish Peshmerga forces moved into the areas, and Kurdish President Masoud Barzani declared that the areas were no longer in dispute.