“The militants’ attack on our positions was launched at night. They attacked Peshmerga fortifications near the town of Tel Rabaa [some 25 miles south of Kirkuk]. But the Peshmerga sent reinforcements there and managed to repel the attack,” Jaf told RIA Novosti.
The Kirkuk province is the oil richest region of Iraq. Part of the province as well as other large territories in northern and western Iraq including the country’s second biggest city of Mosul were seized in 2014 during the offensive of the IS jihadist group, outlawed in Russia.