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Iraqi Forces Repel ISIL Attacks to Take Control of Key Regions in Kirkuk

20 April 2016 18:16



Iraq’s volunteer forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) foiled an attempt by the ISIL Takfiri terrorists who were trying to open their way into strategic regions in Kirkuk province in Northern Iraq on Wednesday.

The Hashd al-Turkmani forces pushed back the ISIL terrorists from the outskirts of the village of al-Bashir in Kirkuk province before the militants could open their way into the region.

The volunteer forces, meantime, attacked the terrorists from three different directions in a counter-attack.

The terrorists fled the scene towards the Southern regions after leaving the dead bodies of 32 militants behind.

In a relevant development on Monday, the Iraqi volunteer forces foiled an attempt by the ISIL Takfiri terrorists who were trying to take full control of a strategic height in Kirkuk.

Tens of ISIL terrorists were pushed back from the vicinity of Tal Ahmad (Ahmad hilltop) overlooking al-Bashir village in the Southern part of Kirkuk province.

Several ISIL terrorists were killed in fierce clashes with the Iraqi volunteer forces.

The Iraqi army has gained the upper hand in the battle against ISIL in Kirkuk province. In the weekend, the Army and its allies pushed back ISIL militants in fresh special operation in the Western part of the village of Bashir in the province.

Iraqi security forces backed by popular forces advanced toward the Southwestern part of Bashir village, hitting ISIL positions and imposing heavy casualties on them.

The development occurs as Iraqi security forces also are making more gains against ISIL militants in the Western province of Anbar.

Security and popular forces manage to liberate the city of Heet last Monday, as part of their operation to drive out terrorists from the Anbar province.

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