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Kurds Repel Massive Daesh Attack Near Mosul, Terrorists Take Severe Losses

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Dozens of Daesh mujahideen were killed and many more retreated amid fierce clashes with Peshmerga not far from Mosul.

While awaiting as the Iraqi army gets prepared for the liberation of Mosul, the Kurdish armed militia Peshmerga spent their time in recurrent skirmishes with Daesh fighters who dared to come too close to their outposts. Pilots from the US-led coalition provided air support or, to omit the vague military slang, attacked terrorists from above.

​Some two dozen militants from Daesh have reportedly lost their lives and about the same number were wounded in the most recent clashes with the Kurds that broke out on Saturday in the district of Makhmur about 100 kilometers (62 miles) southeast from the terrorist stronghold Mosul.

“Daesh terrorists attacked our (Peshmerga) headquarters in Makhmur district southeast of Mosul, using car bombs and mortar shells,” a Peshmerga statement read, as quoted by ARA News. “At least 20 terrorists were killed and 28 more wounded in the clashes before the group withdrew from the area towards its strongholds in Mosul.”

Trucks packed with explosives failed to blow up positions held by Peshmerga, Waar Media reported. Daesh lost 32 fighters in the intense battle with the Kurds, who used mortars to repel the attack, the Kurdish news outlet detailed. Coalition aircraft were also involved.

​An international coalition airstrike was confirmed to be carried out south of the town of Makhmur on the same day.

“Near Makhmur, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL fighting position,” an Operation Inherent Resolve online release details.

January 23, 2016Release # 20160123-01FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMilitary Strikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria…

Posté par Combined Joint Task Force — Operation Inherent Resolve sur samedi 23 janvier 2016

It was not specified whether an attack fighter or remotely piloted aircraft was utilized in the mission by the western allies.

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skirmish, fighting, casualties, attack, airstrike, anti-IS coalition, Operation Inherent Resolve, Daesh, Peshmerga, Makhmur, Iraq’s Nineveh province, Iraqi Kurdistan, Mosul, Iraq
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  • marcanhalt
    Blow them to Hell and back! Take no prisoners! Blush...! You don't think I am being toooo tough on these minions from hell, do you?
  • Mother Gorilla
    How useful, these brave fighters struggling for their own soil!
  • vendorin reply tomarcanhalt(Show commentHide comment)
    marcanhalt, we all have a weakness or two :)
  • marcanhaltin reply tovendor(Show commentHide comment)
    vendor, Now you have me looking over my shoulder for the OTHER shoe to fall! And me with my therapist out of town!
  • FlorianGeyer
    20 to 24 killed is only a platoon. Its hardly a major battle and an air strikes knocked out a mg and a tactical unit, mmmm amazing.
  • dewatergeus
    I do not believe a word of it. US-led coalition?
    They are still illegal in Syria and Iraq.
    When will the Chairman of the UN association do something about these countries operating illegal in Syria and Iraq, instead of blocking Venezuela in voting?
  • cast235
    I saw the entire videos where teh KURD'S were letting DAESH, get into Iraq , if Kurd's were not bothered. Kurds had west weapons. So everyone figured west NATO, lead the truce.
    Some Kurd leaders said that it was a truce. To create Kurd country in Iraq. Same was true in Syria. They were aiding FSA.
    Now they want a country inside Syria. THAT's what got Kurd's massacred by NATO inside Turkey.
    NATO uses extermination policies like the NAZI'S.

    Kurd's now are having a constitution and demarcated border lines inside Syria. That won't fly. Unless Russia help.
    This is a big problem. That NATO will use to fuel conflicts in mid east.
    Kurd's helped kill Saddam .

    But WEST propaganda couldn't hide the truth. At trial Saddam admitted what he did. But he also said " They tried to kill me and my family". So he used what the west gave him. Gas. U.N never denounced the use of gas by Iraq, nor anyone got jailed for selling it to Iraq.
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