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Suicide bombers target base in Makhmour, US confirms no casualties

By Rudaw 17/9/2017
US soldiers coordinate with their Kurdish Peshmerga and Iraqi counterparts at Camp Swift, a base in the Makhmour area in June 2016. Photo: 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson | US Army
US soldiers coordinate with their Kurdish Peshmerga and Iraqi counterparts at Camp Swift, a base in the Makhmour area in June 2016. Photo: 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson | US Army
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Three suicide attackers targeted a US military base near a village in Makhmour, southwest of Erbil on Sunday morning, a Peshmerga official told Rudaw. The attack did not result in any losses among the US servicemen.

One of the attackers blew himself up, while the other two were killed by the US fire, Sirwan Barzani, a Peshmerga commander told Rudaw.

The commander also said that the US servicemen did not suffer any casualties.

He explained the US base has recently been established by the US-led Global Coalition against ISIS in a village of Qaraj sub-district to coordinate the anticipated Hawija offensive southwest of Kirkuk.

The coalition confirmed there was an attack on a base in the vicinity of Hawija on Sunday morning to Rudaw.

"Three attackers with small arms and suicide vests were killed by security forces. No Coalition forces were injured in the attack," stated the coalition.

During last month's Tal Afar liberation, the coalition would not confirm or deny the locations of bases because of operational security and force protection.

"However, any temporary bases that are established are always done so in coordination with the government of Iraq and in support of Iraqi Security Forces," stated the coalition. "The Coalition has established and closed several of these temporary posts throughout Iraq as we support the ISF in the fight against Da'esh [ISIS]."

In March 2016, a US soldier was killed in an ISIS mortar attack at the Makhmour base. 

Most recently in August, two US service members died and another five were injured in an area near Mosul.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack; however, the coalition later said the incident was not due to enemy contact.

“An Army artillery section was conducting a counterfire mission against an ISIS mortar site when a mishap occurred, injuring seven soldiers,” Pentagon spokesman Colonel Robert Manning later explained. 

More than 5,000 US troops are training, advising, assisting, and supporting local partners in the war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Strategic Makhmour has served as a primary front for the Kurdistan Region.

In February 2016, Peshmerga forces in coordination with Sunni Arab tribesmen and warplanes from the US-led coalition launched a massive assault on the militants in the village of Kudila on the Makhmour front.

Peshmerga launched a multi-pronged assault on the Gwer-Makhmour fronts in August of 2016. 

The strategic Gwer bridge linking Erbil to Mosul was taken by the Peshmerga. This later helped military forces launching the final Mosul offensive in October 2016 using this road.

Last updated at 2 p.m.


Alan | 17/9/2017
I wished they died. No need for evil american bastards in Kurdistan they always supported Kurdish enemies and opposed Kurdistan but still brainwash Kurds and claim to be our friends.
Nihad | 17/9/2017
Alan I agree we don't need stupid American army in our country we got peshmerga that Procte is from those evil Bastard they should leave n go where they came from they doing nothing but supporting terrorists
AY | 17/9/2017
Are you crazy or an enemy of the Kurds Alan, may Allah protect Americans and all who support Kurds
Alan and Nihad..everyone knows you are, either one or two are butt hurt turk fascists. Dear Kurds-Get ready for a head-on collision with Turkos. The fucked-up heads in Ankara have no idea what is waiting for them. This is the ideal time where all Kurdish forces join (including the turk butt fuckers PKK's) as well. This is the time for all of Kurdish population to rise up in the Northern Kurdistan. There should be no fascist force on Kurdistan border. These fascists need to be hurt in their own homes so that they get busy like dogs trying to protect themselves instead of attacking others. Remember, they get hurt more with targets that are economic than lives because they don't care about lives or freedom. Make them have each 200,000 soldiers try to protect each factory, each bridge, and power and energy source.

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