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At least 3 Peshmerga killed in Kirkuk ISIS attack

  2021-05-01  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Kurdish forces stand guard Peshmerga’s Brigade 10 and respond to an attack launched by Islamic State (ISIS) militants near Prde in Kirkuk on May 1, 2021.
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – At least three Peshmerga were killed and two other were wounded in an attack launched by Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Kirkuk province early on Friday (May 1), commanders of the Kurdish forces said.

The Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga Ministry said in a statement that the attack by ISIS militants, which occurred in an area between the town of Prde (Altun Kupri) and Qaya Bashi village, was repelled and Kurdish force inflicted huge losses on the militants. 

Peshmerga’s Brigade 10 came under attack of the militant group and clashes between them began around 2:00 a.m. in the morning, reporter of Zhyan News Network.

A 31-year-old commander of the front, who has been identified as Captain Pishtiwan Qaraniya father of three children, is among the slain Peshmerga.

ISIS militants took advantage of a five-kilometers-long security vacuum between Kurdish and Iraqi forces, the Peshmerga Ministry said.

Several ISIS militants were killed and their bodies have been left behind, it added.

“We stress the need to form a joint force and full coordination and cooperation with the Iraqi army in these areas,” Peshmerga Minister Shorsh Ismail said.

The militants torched a military post belonged to the Peshmerga forces. The Kurdistan Region's Counter Terrorism Unit said in a statement that the situation is under control.

Nouri Hama Ali, a commander of the Kirkuk-Prde Front, said 3,000 Peshmerga have been put on alert after the attack, blaming the Iraqi government for preventing the Kurdish forces to deploy in the area.

Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani encouraged Iraqi and Kurdish security forces to establish “a joint force” to provide security for areas disputed between Erbil and Baghdad.

“I call on the parliament, Iraqi federal government and anti-ISIS coalition forces, to work for immediate establishment of a joint force between Peshmerga and Iraqi army in the disputed areas,” Nechirvan Barzani said in a statement.

The Kurdistan Region officials have frequently blamed security vacuum between Kurdish and Iraqi forces, saying it had laid a favorable ground for shadow armed groups to launch terrorist attack.

(Zhyan English)