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Iran Press TV

Six killed in ISIL new attack on Iraq's Kirkuk

Iran Press TV

Fri Jan 30, 2015 10:26AM

Latest reports say ISIL Takfiri militants have launched a surprise attack on the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk from different fronts, killing at least six Peshmerga fighters.

According to security sources in Iraq's Kurdistan region, the assault on areas south and west of Kirkuk which began around midnight has left senior Kurdish commander Shirko Rauf and five other members of the Kurdish peshmerga forces dead.

More than forty-five others have been wounded during the ongoing violent clashes across the troubled region.

The Kirkuk province security committee has imposed a curfew in the city as the gun battle between Kurdish forces and ISIL militants continue in and around the city.

The developments come two days after Peshmerga forces killed several ISIL terrorists in the northwestern town of Tal Afar on Wednesday.

On January 24, Iraqi Kurdish fighters killed at least 28 ISIL militants during battles in the north of Iraq's militant-held city of Mosul, located some 400 kilometers (248 miles) north of Baghdad.

Peshmerga fighters have recently reclaimed around 500 square kilometers of territory after launching a ground operation northwest of Mosul. The new gain cut ISIL's main supply line from the city to the west.

ISIL started its campaign of terror in Iraq in early June 2014. The heavily-armed militants took control of Mosul before sweeping through parts of the country's Sunni Arab heartland.

The terrorists have been carrying out horrific acts of violence, including public decapitations, against all Iraqi communities such as Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians.

Iraqi soldiers, police units, Kurdish forces, Shia volunteers and Sunni tribesmen have recently succeeded in driving the ISIL out of some areas in Iraq.

This comes as senior Iraqi officials have blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar and some other Persian Gulf Arab states for the growing terrorism in their country.

JR/NN



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