MOSCOW, January 11 (Sputnik) — Islamic State militants have killed at least 24 members of the Kurdish security forces in an attack in northern Iraq, Kurdish officials said. This attack is one of the deadliest single battles for the Kurds since last summer, reports Reuters.
Islamic State militants entered Gwer by crossing the river Zab in small boats on Friday night but were driven back by Kurdish Peshmerga forces. "We've been engaged in fighting with them for the past two days," one senior Kurdish officer told Reuters.
The officer, who asked to remain anonymous, said around 60 militants in total, had been killed and by intercepting radio transmissions, they believed many more were injured.
The Kurdish peshmerga forces launched a ground offensive to drive IS militants out of the Gwer area in late December, retaking several villages with the aid of coalition airstrikes.
The Kurds have now regained most of the ground they lost in August. However, peshmerga commanders complain they remain ill-equipped compared with the militants, who looted Iraqi arms depots when they overran Mosul in June.