Peshmerga forces retake new areas south of Iraq’s Kirkuk

Kurdish security forces attack ISIS extremists outside the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, 180 miles (290 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq. (File photo: Reuters)

Iraqi Kurdish forces, known as the Peshmerga, regained new areas south of Kirkuk city on Thursday, Al Hadath News Channel’s correspondent reported.

The Peshmerga forces were able to recapture the areas in the northern oil-rich city after U.S. and allied forces targeted Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants in Iraq with 16 air strikes since Tuesday, the U.S. military said, including five near Baiji, site of the country’s biggest oil refinery.

The strikes near Baiji hit four ISIS tactical units, destroyed three vehicles, a building and an improvised explosive device (IED), the Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement on Wednesday. Other air strikes in Iraq hit near Tal Afar, Mosul, Kirkuk, Baghdadi, Sinjar and Makhmur, it said.

In Syria, three air strikes targeted the militant group at its stronghold of Raqqa and forces launched one air strike each near al-Hasaka and Dayr Az Zawr, where an Islamic State crude oil collection point was hit, the task force said.

(With Reuters)

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:44 - GMT 06:44