ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – A Peshmerga fighter released footage taken above ground of a new offensive against the Islamic State (IS) on Wednesday.
The offensive aimed to capture more territory from IS before eventually recapturing Mosul from the hands of the terrorist group. Nearly 4,500 Peshmerga forces are reportedly taking part in this new operation.
The footage emphasizes the gradual collapse of IS. Peshmerga ground forces are seen undermining the insurgent group’s control of territory, specifically in the Qar Qosh area of northern Iraq.
The video also shows the battle with IS and the different tactics Peshmerga use to deter the insurgents’ attacks successfully.
On Monday, Peshmerga forces completed a two-day operation in the east of Mosul where they liberated several villages from IS.
The two-day offensive began in the Khazir front, west of Erbil. Peshmerga killed several IS militants and arrested three, according to a Commander.
A Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) report later confirmed that 140 IS members were “killed by global coalition warplanes and Peshmerga forces.”
The report also mentioned that 14 IS vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) were destroyed, and 75 IS positions were struck by coalition warplanes.
The Peshmerga’s success on the Khazir front and their recent operation come at a time when the Iraqi army is struggling to suppress the threat of IS in the city of Fallujah, west of Baghdad.
Reporting by Karzan Sulaivany and Mewan Dolamari
Editing by Ava Homa