Twenty-seven Daesh militants killed in Iraq

Published February 22nd, 2015 - 09:42 GMT

At least 27 militants were killed Saturday night as Daesh, or ISIL, attacked the village of Guver in Mosul province, but were repelled by Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces and US- led international coalition airstrikes, sources said.

The regional Peshmerga commander, Lieutenant Suphan Bakuriani, told The Anadolu Agency that Daesh attacked the Sultan Abdullah region of Guver village Saturday night. The village is located around 45 kilometers from Erbil, northern Iraq.

He said that Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces responded immediately, and that US- led international coalition warplanes attacked Daesh positions.

“27 [Daesh] militants were killed in the clashes,” Bakuriani said.

Guver village is seen as being strategic as it is located near Erbil, the capital of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq. The fall of Guver and Mahmur would make it easier for Daesh to attack Erbil.

Iraq has plunged into a security vacuum since June 2014, when Daesh stormed the northern Iraqi province Mosul and declared what it called a caliphate in Iraq and Syria.

The international coalition led by the US has staged numerous airstrikes against Daesh militants who have taken control of large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria since mid-June.


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