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Peshmerga Forces Regain Control of Large Area near Erbil


Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters regained control of a large area in the North following a military operation against ISIL Takfiri militants.
The offensive took place near the capital of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region, Erbil, Kurdish forces said in a statement on Wednesday, press tv reported.

The Peshmerga forces launched their attack on the terrorist group’s strongholds between the two regions of Makhmour and Gwer, Southwest of the city of Erbil. The targeted area was about 120 square kilometers (46 square miles).

“The objective is to push the enemy farther away from both areas,” read part of the statement.

The Kurdish fighters killed more than 30 terrorists in the clashes.

The Iraqi army, along with Peshmerga fighters and volunteer forces, has managed to inflict heavy losses on the Takfiri terrorists in the last few months.

On December 29, Iraqi forces retook the village of Hayy al-Amin from ISIL. Iraqi fighter jets also conducted several sorties and hit ISIL positions in the village.

ISIL launched an offensive in Iraq in June and took control of the country’s second-largest city, Mosul, before sweeping through parts of the country’s Sunni Arab heartland.

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