ISIS attack in Diyala province kills 5 Peshmerga fighters
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – An attack by ISIS militants late on Saturday evening killed five Peshmerga fighters in the Kurdistan region and injured more in a disputed subdistrict of Iraq’s Diyala province, source says peshmerga who spoke with Kurdistan 24.
“ISIS snipers injured four Peshmerga fighters at the start,” the source said, adding that the incident occurred in the town of Kolajo and included the use of improvised explosive devices ( EEI).
“Then,” he continued, “ISIS attacked a Peshmerga military vehicle with IEDs, killing five Peshmerga operatives, including two Peshmerga officers and three Peshmerga fighters,” he added.
The Peshmerga forces then launched a counterattack to regain control of the situation, he said.
Shortly after ISIS’s initial offensive, the Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs tweeted the first public mention of the attack, only mentioning four of the victims at the time.
#Breaking! Unfortunately we have four injured #peshmergas In a cowardly attack today by ISIS terrorists on a guard post of the Fifth Peshmerga Infantry Brigade in Kalan near the Kolajo sector. The Peshmerga responded overwhelmingly and everything is now under control.
– Ministry of Peshmerga (@KRG_MOPE) November 27, 2021
“Unfortunately we have four injured #peshmergas In a cowardly attack today by ISIS terrorists on a guard post of the Fifth Peshmerga Infantry Brigade in Kalan near the kolajo sector, ”the post read. “The peshmerga responded massively and everything is now under control.“
After the referendum on the independence of the Kurdistan region in 2017, Iraqi forces and Iranian-backed militias of the Popular Mobilization Forces (FMP) in October 2017 pushed the Peshmerga out of contested areas, including the province. Kirkuk oil company.
Since then, areas have suffered from a lack of a unified military strategy over large swathes of land stretching from Khanaqin in central Diyala province to Kirkuk and north to several areas surrounding Mosul.
The Iraqi army announced in early November that it had launched a joint military operation with the Peshmerga forces in the Kurdistan region to pursue the remnants of ISIS in the territories contested by Baghdad and Erbil, where the extremist organization has long exploited l lack of a unified security strategy.
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The Kurdistan Region’s Counterterrorism Directorate (CTD) announced in October that ISIS militants had killed two Peshmerga fighters in the disputed Kirkuk province.
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The CTD said in a statement that members of the terrorist organization attacked the 2nd Division of the 10th Brigade of the Peshmerga Ministry in the Zurgazraw area of the Pirde district.
“Unfortunately, two Peshmerga were martyred in the attack,” the CTD added.
The Iraqi army and Peshmerga forces in the Kurdistan region carried out counterterrorism operations against suspected ISIS cells in several disputed territories.
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