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Kurdistan

Eight Peshmerga, dozens of militants killed in fighting on various fronts

By Rudaw 30/1/2015
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ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Fighting surged between Kurdish forces and the Islamic State (ISIS) on several northern fronts on Friday, killing eight Peshmerga soldiers and dozens of militants.

Seven Peshmerga were killed in a Friday afternoon suicide attack in the Jalawla village of Albu Daraji in northern Diyala province, Jalawla administrator Hazhar Ibrahim told Rudaw.

Earlier Friday, the Peshmerga’s Brigadier Sherko Shwani, a commander known in Kurdistan because of his frequent TV appearances to comment on the war, was killed south of Kirkuk during clashes that began with ISIS suicide attacks.

The Peshmerga inflicted heavy casualties on the insurgents in fighting on various fronts.

Peshmerga commander Brigadier Fayaq Hassan said that dozens of ISIS fighters were killed in the Hassan Sham heights on the Khazir front east of Mosul.

“ISIS militants launched an assault on the Peshmarga bases in the heights of Hasan Sham on the Khazir front. The Peshmarga defeated all the futile onslaughts,” he said.

“Some 150 ISIS militants launched a three-pronged attack, but we managed to defeat them, killing dozens of militants. The Peshmerga also managed to capture heavy weapons and ammunition left behind,” he said.

Rudaw reporter Hiwa Hussamadin said that heavy fog over the area had prevented coalition warplanes from targeting ISIS positions during the fighting.

He added that the militants had left 15 bodies behind in the village of Tal Ward, south of Kirkuk.

On the Makhmour front east of Mosul, the Peshmerga repulsed a four-pronged ISIS assault on the villages of Baqirt and Ruwala, killing several militants.

Early Friday, four ISIS suicide bombers broke into the Kirkuk Palace Hotel. One bomber died after detonating his payload, and the three others were killed after hours of intense fighting with security forces.

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Iraqi Warrior | 30/1/2015
The user "Kurdish Patriot" is a terrorist. His comments promote terrorism.
Kurdish Patriot | 30/1/2015
ISIS planned this attack when no air attacks can be carried out, sounds to me there are a lot of carefull planning behind ISIS from their backers, namely Turkey, Saudi Arabia and all the other countries which I won't go into listing. ISIS have all these backers who heavily train, prepare and arm and when faced alone with Kurds and yet still they lose!!! 👎 Her Biji our brave Kurdish Warriors!!!
Dutchman | 30/1/2015
Todays events show that even without air protection the Peshmerga can defeat ISIL. But most days the sky will not be save for ISIL. It is time for them to get desperate.
my respect! | 30/1/2015
My condolensces, brave soldiers of Kurdistan! You defended us against terror and brutality! future Kurdistan is made by your sacrifice. Enough of this! Declare independence!! To many people have died protecting something that is not recognized by other.
sako | 30/1/2015
8 Brave Kurdish hero's not to be forgotten. May you rest in peace I detest deash

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