Security forces foil IS attack on Peshmerga front

The Kurdistan Region Security Forces and Erbil Counter-Terrorism Units on Tuesday seized five Islamic State (IS) VBIEDs aimed at Peshmerga front lines near Gwer, east of Mosul.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – The Kurdistan Region Security Forces and Erbil Counter-Terrorism Units on Tuesday seized five Islamic State (IS) VBIEDs aimed at Peshmerga front lines near Gwer, east of Mosul.

Security forces captured the five cars loaded with explosives and TNT at a bomb factory in the recently liberated villages near the Peshmerga forces in eastern Mosul.

“Three IS positions in the areas liberated by Peshmerga forces on Aug. 14 were recently inspected by our forces, discovering five VBIEDs,” Tariq Nuri, the Director of Erbil Asayish, told Kurdistan24.

“The VBIEDs were prepared to launch suicide attacks on the Peshmerga forces near Gwer from behind,” Nuri added.

Barzan Qassab, Head of the Erbil Counter-Terrorism Units, stated the vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) were full of TNT.

He revealed each one was differently prepared for the attack by Abu Laith al-Ansari brigades, which mostly consists of foreign fighters.

“The VBIEDs were designed where the car doors were locked from the outside, so the suicide bomber had no option to surrender if they regreted the decision to blow themselves,” Qassab told Kurdistan24.

 

Two of the VBIEDs were detonated at the scene, and the other three were neutralized.

“If these VBIEDs were not found and defused at the right time they may have caused severe damage to the Peshmerga forces,” said the head of Erbil Asayish Movements.

He also stated 10 tons of TNT were loaded into the vehicles.

Security forces seized some documents, plans, and newspapers used by IS, including an article where the extremists explained the Paris attack.

Recently, Peshmerga forces, along with the support of the international coalition warplanes, cleared 11 villages from IS in the east of Mosul in less than two days.

 

Editing by Karzan Sulaivany