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Kurdish Peshmerga fighters kill 15 ISIL terrorists in Iraq

Iran Press TV

Fri Aug 7, 2015 4:26PM

Iraq's Kurdish Peshmerga forces have killed more than a dozen members of the ISIL Takfiri terrorists during a fierce exchange of gunfire in the northern province of Nineveh.

The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) spokesman in the northern city of Mosul, Saeed Mamouzini, said the Peshmerga fighters thwarted an ISIL attack on the town of Sinjar, located over 400 kilometers (250 miles) northwest of the capital, Baghdad, on Friday, and killed 15 terrorists in the process, Iraq's al-Sumaria satellite TV network reported.

Kurdish forces also destroyed five vehicles belonging to ISIL.

Meanwhile, Iraqi security forces wrested control of a strategic road leading to the eastern entrance of Ramadi, the capital of the western province of Anbar.

Iraqi Federal Police commander Brigadier General Karim Abdullah told Arabic-language al-Forat news agency that his forces managed to seize control of the road after purging militants from the area.

He added that Iraqi soldiers are currently busy clearing the region of hundreds of improvised explosive devices, which the ISIL militants have planted to slow down the progress of Iraqi government troops.

Abdullah said his forces are heading toward al-Humaira region, which lies south of Ramadi, where they will be joined by military units from nearby Jisr al-Qasim district.

Meanwhile, the commander of Anbar Operations, Major General Qasim al-Mohammadi, says the first phase of offensives to liberate the embattled western Iraqi province from ISIL has been successfully accomplished.

The northern and western parts of Iraq have been plagued by violence ever since the Takfiri ISIL militants began their march through the Iraqi territory in June 2014.

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