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Peshmerga repel predawn ISIS attack near Shingal, killing 60 militants

By Rudaw 16/8/2016
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Peshmerga repel predawn ISIS attack near Shingal, killing 60 militants
A group of Peshmerga soldiers on the Khazir front.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Kurdish Peshmerga forces said Tuesday morning that they killed 60 Islamic State (ISIS) militants when they repelled a predawn attack by the group on their bases near the town of Shingal west of Mosul.

 

Khalid Hamzo, a commander from the Duhok forces told Rudaw that at around 4:30 a.m. more than 100 militants launched an attack against the Peshmerga in the areas of Domez, Kabuse and Garawez that led to an intense confrontation lasting four hours.

 

“In some areas they got really close to the Peshmerga and used hand grenades, but they failed,” Hamzo said.

 

Hamzo reported that five Peshmerga soldiers sustained light injuries in the fight.

 

Sime Bosali, an officer in Shingal maintained that after repelling the ISIS attack both sides engaged in shelling each other’s positions with artillery fire.

 

Today’s ISIS attack comes a day after Kurdish Peshmerga forces captured 12 villages from the extremist group over the weekend on the two fronts of Makhmour-Gwer and Khazir in the Nineveh plains that saw many militants killed.

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