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Kurdistan

Peshmerga Suffering Losses against ISIS

By Rudaw 26/7/2014
Peshmerga forces also suffered heavy losses last week in multiple offensives against ISIS, which has taken over Mosul and other Sunni-dominated areas.
Peshmerga forces also suffered heavy losses last week in multiple offensives against ISIS, which has taken over Mosul and other Sunni-dominated areas.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — At least one Kurdish fighter was killed and four others slain or captured on Friday when they were attacked by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militias near the border town of Rabia in northwest Iraq, a Kurdish military official said.

Lt. Muhammad Amin Muhammad of the Spilk Peshmerga Command said, "We know that one of the five Peshmerga fighters was martyred, but we don’t know whether the other four were also martyred or taken as prisoners by ISIS militants."

Peshmerga forces also suffered heavy losses last week in multiple offensives against ISIS, which has taken over Mosul and other Sunni-dominated areas.

After a seven-hour battle on Thursday, the Peshmerga captured two key districts in Jalawla in Diyala province, which has been controlled by ISIS for more than a month.

However, Kurdish forces were only able to hold the areas for a few hours because they ran out of ammunition and had no backup troops to defend against an ISIS counterattack.

Mustafa Seid Qadir, Minister of Peshmerga in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), visited Jalawla to investigate the battle. Peshmarga fighters reportedly killed 38 ISIS militants and suffered 13 deaths and 40 injuries.

ISIS fighters also captured three Kurdish soldiers and a pharmaceuticals factory near Mosul on Wednesday, forcing the Peshmerga to withdraw from three checkpoints.

 

 

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TheJudge | 26/7/2014
After heavy fighting and taking the city from ISIL they ran out of ammunition and had to retreat!! can we spare some of those Peshmerga and ammunition protecting minorities in Mosul and send them where they're needed, the hell with the international community and their reaction, we can't protect "minorities" while our own people are killed.
yek K. | 26/7/2014
that was the price of underestimating one of our enemies... we better take preparations
Muraz Adzhoev | 26/7/2014
Unfortunately, the Peshmerga losses in battles with ISIS forces will grow up day by day, because of the huge lack of modern military equipment and armament. The top officials of KAR, the President in particular shall declare independence to defend the sovereign country and protect the people of Southern Kurdistan. This is the only way to let the Kurdistan government start importing all kind of the urgently required military facilities and services whereever from to make the national army much more stronger and efficient in fighting against enemies and terrorists. Certainly, all those officials, who are in charge for political, legal, social, military and security matters, know much more better what, how and when should be done to succeed. But I will keep saying 60 times per hour that declaration of independence of Southern Kurdistan is to be announced immediately to win, to survive, to become free and to open the door into the fortunate future for the Kurdish people and nation.
Turkish Muslim | 26/7/2014
I pray to Allah that ISIL and Peshmerga don't go to a full scale war. If this happens, Peshmerga and ISIL will be severly weakened , Ayatollah and Maliki will be very glad. They will make new plans to take back the lost grounds from ISIL/Iraqi sunni tribes & even take over Kurdistan.
KPatriot | 27/7/2014
This is why it's absolutelu crucial for all Kurds, especially KRG and YPG/PKK to sit down, make a common strategy for the way forward. If we don't do this we'll regret in the future. All Kurds should put pressure on their leaders.
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