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Peshmerga commander killed in ISIS dawn assault in northern Mosul

By Rudaw 28/9/2016

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – A Kurdish Peshmerga commander was killed Wednesday morning in clashes that lasted for a half hour with Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Wanke, northeastern Mosul city.


“At 5:30 am, ISIS attacked the Peshmerga frontlines near the Mosul Dam on the Wanke front. Peshmerga commander Arshad Sanaa was killed,” said Brig. Bahjat Taiman, a Peshmerga official on the front.


Taiman added that the “the militants were defeated.”


He noted that the reason for the attack by ISIS was to “prove that they exist, otherwise they are no longer capable of capturing any territory from the Peshmerga.”


This month alone, ISIS has launched three attacks on the Peshmerga on the Wanke village, close to Mosul.


Two weeks ago another Peshmerga soldier was killed by an ISIS sniper in Wanke village.

Captain Sharif Abdulrahman, a Peshmerga commander stationed at the Mosul Dam, named the fallen comrade as Luqman Ramazan Rekani, 43, from the Kurdish town of Deralook in Duhok Province. 


On September 20, Peshmerga fended off a double ISIS suicide bombing attack, also in Wanke


The Wanke sub-district is located north of Mosul city. Because of its proximity to the city, ISIS routinely attacks the Peshmerga along this frontline.


As the extremist group has dwindled, it launches sporadic attacks on the Peshmerga just to inflict harm on the Kurdish forces. The militants are unable to occupy any territory since they are aware a massive offensive against them is to take place very soon.


Argushi, USA | 28/9/2016
Sad news. We have lost so many our brave peshmerga and commanders for protection Kurdistan. May he rest in peace and I hope and pray that kurds around the world will never forget them and their family.
Abood | 28/9/2016
Good stuff
Gerbert d'Aurillac | 28/9/2016
The biggest mistake made by the IS was to attack the Kurdistan region , and it did it because Turkey told it to do.Otherwise the IS would be now established in Baghdad.So all the misfortunes of the Califate come from Ankara.The legitimate target of the IS was Baghdad and the heretic Shia sect .As there are no Shias in Kurdistan , why then the IS has attacked the Kurds ?.
Non kurd | 28/9/2016
I'm sorry for the loss. Kurdistan has lost one of her finest. Kurdistan deserves Mosul or at least a close alliance with that city state.
Fate | 29/9/2016
If they had only not been so bloodthirsty and had been inclusive they would have brought a government that wasn't corrupt and it seemed at the beginning that they might do that. Then the extremists couldn't help themselves and killed off any moderates and proceeded downhill. Otherwise they would own Iraq and a good part of Syria and have their country. But no they had to attack everyone and be super extreme. Could have been an amazing chapter in history instead of a horrible footnote.

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