Peshmerga defeats ISIS assault in Khurmatu, killing several militants

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ERBIL, Kurdistan Area – Kurdish Peshmerga forces repelled a pre-dawn assault by ISIS within the predominately Kurdish city of Khurmatu in Iraq’s north Diyala province on Thursday, killing a number of militants, mentioned a Peshmerga official.

“At three:20am, ISIS launched an assault from the Zargawa Bridge and engaged in a confrontation with Peshmerga,” mentioned Faruq Ahmed, a Peshmerga commander within the space. “The clashes lasted for 2 hours.”

Ahmed mentioned quite a few ISIS militants had been killed within the assault and a entrance finish loader the militants introduced with them was destroyed.

“Peshmerga gave an enormous blow to the militants and stopped them from advancing,” he mentioned.

The state of affairs is underneath management and fights have ended, he defined.

Khurmatu is among the many huge territories that stay in dispute between Iraq’s central authorities in Baghdad and the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Authorities (KRG) within the north.

However after Iraqi forces fled giant components of the nation within the face of an offensive by ISIS in June 2014 – leaving land and large caches of weapons to the militants – Kurdish Peshmerga forces moved in to their claimed areas, and Kurdish President Masoud Barzani declared that the areas had been not in dispute.