World Bulletin / News Desk
Kurdish Peshmerga forces on Monday repelled a ISIL attack near Sinjar town in northern Iraq, according to a local commander.
ISIL militants mounted a surprise attack at dawn on Peshmerga forces stationed west of Sinjar using car-bombs, Lukman Ibrahim, a Peshmerga commander in Sinjar.
“Our forces, however, have managed to repel the attack and killed more than ten militants,” he said.
No casualties were reported among Kurdish troops.
Last week, the Iraqi army, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, launched a much-anticipated offensive to retake Mosul, the last ISIL stronghold in northern Iraq.
The extremist group captured Iraq’s second largest city in mid-2014 before overrunning large swathes of territory in the country’s northern and western regions.
Recent months have seen the Iraqi army, backed by local allies on the ground and a U.S.-led air coalition, retake much of the territory seized by ISIL. Nevertheless, the extremist group remains in control of several parts of the country, including Mosul.
In recent weeks, the army and its allies have staged a gradual advance on the city, which officials in Baghdad have vowed to recapture by year’s end.Last Mod: 24 Ekim 2016, 12:31