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Peshmerga recapture strategic areas after intense fight south of Kirkuk

By Rudaw 19/4/2015
Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Kirkuk province
Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Kirkuk province
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Kurdish Peshmerga forces have retaken five villages from the Islamic State after launching an offensive Saturday in the south of the oil-rich province of Kirkuk, security officials told Rudaw Sunday.
The villages of Daquq, Auzeria and Atshana were among the most important areas retaken by Kurdish forces on Saturday. According to Peshmerga commanders in Kirkuk, the southeastern villages of Auzeria and Atshana were of key value to ISIS fighters to link areas under their Control to Daquq.
Peshmerga have followed the military plans on Saturday’s offensive, and they have successfully reached the results, Sarhad Qadir, director of security in Kirkuk province, told Rudaw Sunday.
Responding to Rudaw’s question as to whether there was any possible plan to recapture the Turkmen village of Bashir south of Kirkuk, Qadir said the village was not an immediate objective, but the main roads to Bashir had been cleared of ISIS. “If we received an order to recapture the village, it wouldn’t be a difficult task,” he said.
Bashir is home to more than 2,000 families, most of them Shiite Turkmens.
This is the second time Kurdish forces have tried to clear Atshana and Auzeria villages from the extremists. Last month the Peshmerga took temporary control of the areas, but ISIS later regained them. 


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| 19/4/2015
Excellent work!
Duman | 19/4/2015
What's the point of Kirkuk being captured? It's all Arabs who are friends with Isis
Janet, USA | 19/4/2015
Bravo Peshmerga! ✌️ ✌ ❤️ 💛 💚
Fazil | 20/4/2015
Recapturing Kirkuk back is not important as much as maintaining it. Kirkuk does belong to Kurds historically but that does not imply Kurds should mistreat Arabs and Turkomen. KRG must start working and providing basic services to its inhabitants once the IS war is over in coordination and cooperation of all.
Kurdish Patriot | 20/4/2015
We need to take back all our cities and disputed lands from these land grabbing camels. 🐪

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