Takfiri ISIL terrorists have killed at least 26 Kurdish Peshmerga forces in a surprise attack on their positions in northern Iraq, security sources say.
The raid took place in the area of Gwer, southwest of Erbil, the capital of the Iraqi Kurdistan region, early on Saturday.
Kurdish soldiers managed to push the militants back after an hour, but they failed to inflict casualties on them, the sources said.
The assault “was unexpected,” Peshmerga Brigadier General Hajar Ismail noted.
The attack is considered as one of the single deadliest raids on Kurdish forces since Takfiri terrorists began their campaign of terror in Iraq in June 2014.
The heavily armed militants took control of Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul, before sweeping through parts of the country’s Sunni Arab heartland.
The notorious terror elements have been carrying out horrific acts of violence, including public decapitations, against all Iraqi communities such as Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians.
Iraqi soldiers and police units, Kurdish forces, Shia militiamen and Sunni tribesmen have recently succeeded in driving the ISIL out of some areas in Iraq.