Peshmerga push back Daesh after attack south of Erbil

Published February 18th, 2015 - 01:30 GMT

The peshmerga forces defended the Kurdish capital city of Erbil from an attack by Daesh earlier today, reports AFP.

"The attack which was launched at 8:00 pm (1700 GMT on Tuesday) was foiled. It lasted four hours and we killed 34 Daesh members," Sirwan Barzani, the local peshmerga commander, told AFP.

Barzani described how 300 jihadists attacked two villages just 25 miles southwest of Erbil.

"Daesh was not able to use heavy military vehicles or car bombs due to trenches dug out by peshmerga on the front lines," said Barzani. 

"The clashes are over now. We are collecting their bodies," said Najat Ali, the deputy peshmerga commander on the Makhmur front.

On February 12th peshmerga forces killed 28 Daesh militants in clashes close to Erbil.



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