Iraqi army, popular forces kill 75 Daesh terrorists
Fighters from Popular Mobilization units and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) have killed more than 70 Daesh Takfiri militants during two separate operations in Iraq’s northern provinces of Kirkuk and Nineveh.
Jabbar al-Mamouri, a commander of the pro-government Popular Mobilization units, told Arabic-language al-Sumaria satellite television network on Sunday that more than 40 bodies of Daesh extremists together with tens of wounded militants arrived at the main hospital in the town of Hawijah, located about 282 kilometers (175 miles) north of the capital, Baghdad, late last night.
Mamouri added that the Takfiris had been killed or injured during fierce exchanges of gunfire with Iraqi forces in close proximity to Ajil and Alas oil fields, located northeast of Salahuddin provincial capital city of Tikrit.
There were six high-profile Daesh militant commanders, identified by the noms de guerre Abu Qa’qa al-Misri, Abu Osama al-Ansari and Talhah al-Araqi, among the slain militants.
Separately, PKK announced in a statement on Sunday that the Kurdish fighters have launched an offensive against a position of Daesh Takfiris in the strategic Shelo region, which lies southwest of Sinjar Mount in Nineveh Province, killing 21 terrorists in the process.
The statement added that a sizeable amount of weapons, munitions and military supplies was seized following the bloody gunfight.
Meanwhile, Anwar al-Asi, a commander of Popular Mobilization units, said 14 Daesh militants were killed and seven others injured during clashes with tribal fighters southwest of Kirkuk.
The northern and western parts of Iraq have been plagued by violence ever since Daesh Takfiri terrorists began their march through the Iraqi territory in June 2014.
Iraqi army soldiers and fighters from Popular Mobilization units are seeking to win back militant-held regions in joint operations.