A Peshmerga Commander in the west of Kirkuk province told BasNews on Saturday, “On Saturday morning, Peshmerga forces launched a series of attacks on Mullah Abdullah and other areas in southwestern Kirkuk. After several hours, Peshmerga took control of the village and advanced to the bridge that has separated the two sides for months.”
Director of Kirkuk Police Sarhad Qadir told BasNews that the Peshmerga forces freed Mullah Abdullah village with the support of US-led coalition jets.
A Facebook page called “The Supporters of Peshmerga Commander Hussein Mansour” published a post on Friday morning quoting Hussein’s speech, “I assure all the people of the Kurdistan Region and Kirkuk that I am ready to sacrifice my soul for the protection of all of you, I am yours.”
Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) official in Khanaqin Hemin Mansour told BasNews, “Mansour was martyred in today’s fight against IS militants.”
“Peshmerga forces are defending Kurdistan with strength. What has been seen in the latest clashes, is that a large number of IS insurgents have been killed and they have been defeated on all frontlines. The militants have lost their power,” said Mahmood.
“After destroying IS on the frontlines, Peshmerga forces have greater morale and desire to chase down the IS militants,” he added.