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Second Kurdish commander killed as Peshmerga retake villages south of Kirkuk

By Rudaw 31/1/2015

KIRKUK, Kurdistan Region—On the second day of fighting with Islamist militants south of Kirkuk Peshmerga commander, Major General Hussein Mansour was killed Saturday near the village of Mala Abdullah.

Brigadier Sarhad Qadir, chief of Kirkuk suburban police told Rudaw that Maj.-Gen. Mansour was killed by an ISIS sniper.

Maj.-Gen. Mansour was the commander of the 2nd combat support units in the Kirkuk region.

According to Brig. Qadir, he was killed when a large force of Peshmerga and anti-terror squad launched an attack against ISIS positions in Mala Abdullah and several nearby villages.

The bodies of 15 ISIS militants were found in the village as the Peshmerga took control, said Brig. Qadir.

Kurdish forces have been locked in heavy battle with ISIS militants for the past 48 hours south of Kirkuk where on Friday Brigadier Sherko Shwani and eight Peshmerga soldiers were killed.



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m Smith | 31/1/2015
An America for a free Kurdistan. Americans are watching and are totally amazed! Only the Kurds are standing up to Isis. Iraq’s army, with all their weapons ran away, but you stand and fight. We in America are starting to understand that WE SHOULD BE SUPPORTING THE KURDS! We can see it now! The world is watching and is now beginning to understand! Kurds are awesome! I hear that there are some squabbles between your groups and the media wants to make a big deal of this, I know that you will work this out. Perhaps you should keep these things to whisper? Remember everyone in the world is cheering you on and the media always likes to pick things apart. Everyday, more and more people realize that we should support the Kurds and a free Kurdistan. We see that you have equal rights and even your woman fight. We no longer trust Turkey, we trust the Kurds! You are amazingly brave! Thank you, from the whole civilized world for what you are doing! You deserve your own homeland! Go Kurds!
acig | 31/1/2015
Rest in peace, kurdish hero. this shows that our generals dont hide themselves and fight. but in my opinion this kind of experienced commanders has to be protected better. they have to wear same uniform like soldiers for camuflage. Please protect better our experienced and brave generals. Biji peshmerga
Iraqi Warrior | 31/1/2015
"Kurdish Patriot" killed him with his comments of dividing Iraq. He should be arrested and trialed for high treason. The commander was fighting for an unified Iraq but then he read the comments of "Kurdish Patriot" and got demoralized and that contributed to his death. Shame on you Kurdish Patriot.
What happened | 31/1/2015
This is terrible news, if generals are being killed that implies a lot of other Peshmerga are being killed too, in order to reach him. The first commander (Shwani) died in a sneak attack during fog, what's the story this time? If Daesh is so concentrated near Kirkuk, it may be a good time to pound them with artillery before moving closer.
sako | 31/1/2015
My condolences and gratitude to all Kurdish families whom have lost their loved ones fighting this strange enemy. The price of freedom is high and we can't allow ourselves to forget that....Ever

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