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Kurdistan

Peshmerga repel Iraqi forces attack in Makhmour

By Rudaw 24/10/2017
Peshmerga forces in Makhmour following Tuesday's clashes against Iraqi army and Iran-backed Hashd al-Shaabi militia. Photo: Rudaw video
Peshmerga forces in Makhmour following Tuesday's clashes against Iraqi army and Iran-backed Hashd al-Shaabi militia. Photo: Rudaw video
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - Peshmerga forces repelled an assault by Iran-backed Hashd al-Shaabi militia and the Iraqi army in the town of Makhmour Tuesday noon, causing fatalities among the group, said a Peshmerga official.   

“At 12pm, the Hashd al-Shaabi attacked the Peshmerga on the Bazarga heights in Makhmour,” confirmed a Peshmerga, adding the attack was defeated.

The Peshmerga added that there were casualties among the Hashd attackers.

It added that four Hummers belonging to the Shiite militias were destroyed.

The commander added the attack came after the group’s build-up in the region for the past two days.

Following the attack, the Peshmerga ministry said that the Iraqi forces are violating agreements reached for borderlines between both sides.

“The Iraqi forces and Hashd al-Shaabi do not abide by any agreements reached over defining borderlines,” said the ministry.

The ministry added the Iraqi forces continue their military build up across all disputed areas.

“The Hashd al-Shaabi’s insistence to advance forward is clear gesture that they have bad intentions,” the ministry said, noting “they want to violate the dignity and prestige of the people of Kurdistan and that these kinds of conducts are in no way acceptable.” 

The Peshmerga are doing their utmost to “defend the Kurdistan land and the lives and dignity of people.” 

Earlier this morning the Iraqi forces launched a similar attack on the Peshmerga in Rabia on the Syrian border, but the attack was repelled. 

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sarcastico | 24/10/2017
tillersons message seems to have worked. no more confrontation and kurdish demands have been violated. well done sir.
hate turkey | 24/10/2017
help the Kurds coalition IRAQ is using the weapons that was suppose to be against ISIS against the Kurds this is BS.
Argushi, USA | 24/10/2017
dast xosh, we are proud of them, we respect them, we love them every one of them are our hero. they have put Kurdistan on the map. because or their bravery when people in united state ask me where I am from i proudly say I am from Kurdistan. MAY GOD PROTECT THEM AND GIVE THEM VICTORY TO THE END
hate turkey | 24/10/2017
Stop wasting money on IRAQ lets help the Kurds they have never done any wrong.
Chris Gal | 24/10/2017
Simple solution, The Coalition forces should occupy the disputed territories until the constitutional question is answered.

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