Islamic State militants attacked
the predominantly Kurdish city of Kirkuk and nearby areas on Friday, a
day after ISIS/Daesh called on the
Kurds to cease fighting the militant group in Mosul. The commander of a
Peshmerga base near Kirkuk believes
that Daesh has been keeping sleeper cells in Kirkuk. Or, the militants may have
entered Kirkuk by posing as refugees from Hawija.
Some Peshmerga troops were forced to redeploy to Kirkuk,
where militants may still control some districts, but the situation is mostly calm. Iraqi forces are
also being sent.
There are reports
that civilians have also joined
The attack on Kirkuk is believed to be a diversion from the
battles in Mosul. There, the United Nations reported
that militants forcibly removed hundreds of families from Najafia and Samalia
and transferred them to Mosul to be used as human shields.
At least 553 people were killed and 206 were wounded.
In Kirkuk, at least 16 security
personnel were killed, including six police officers,
were wounded including 15 Peshmerga. A sniper killed
a reporter from Turkmeneli TV who was covering the assault. A local news
station reported that 51
civilians were injured and taken to hospitals. At least 40
other wounded were reported. One civilian has died.
At least 20
militants were killed.
In Bashiqa, four
Peshmerga were killed and 10 were wounded. One of the dead was a lieutenant
security personnel were killed yesterday in Bartella, which is now liberated.
Unauthorized Turkish airstrikes on Kurdistan Workers Party
(P.K.K.) targets in northern Iraq left six
Federal Police forces reported 180
militants killed in Mosul operations.
militants were killed in an attack on Peshmerga force at the Makhmour
In Mosul, an airstrike killed
A strike on Sharqat left 11
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