Kurdish forces push back a dozen ISIS militants on Makhmour front

By Rudaw 16 hours ago

Iraqi forces on Makhmour frontline. Photo: Rudaw

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Around a dozen ISIS militants were surprised when they came across Peshmerga forces on the Makhmur front south of Erbil on Tuesday.

“Tonight, Tuesday, May 9, 2017, nearly 10 to 15 ISIS militants fell into an ambush set up by the Peshmerga forces in the village of Pungina east of Baqert town. Some of them were injured, some ran away, leaving behind a dead body,” Sirwan Barzani, commander of the Makhmur front, told Rudaw.

The Makhmour front manned by Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and located about 70 kilometers south of Erbil, has helped to protect the Kurdistan Region since the ISIS group first emerged in late 2013.

“ISIS militants left behind a number of binoculars, light weapons, and planted bombs. We are currently searching the area to find other ISIS militants,” he added.

The Kurdish Peshmerga, supported by the international anti-ISIS coalition, has battled extremists along a nearly 700 kilometers of frontlines stretching across the south of the Kurdistan Region.