Peshmerga start new offensive against ISIS bases close to Erbil

ERBIL, Kurdistan (Rudaw) – Kurdish artillery from the Peshmerga forces have launched attacks on ISIS positions on the Gwer frontlines south of Erbil, a Peshmerga commander told Rudaw.

Jabar Baker Surchi, a Peshmerga commander, said the bombardments was meant to repel ISIS fighters who have been shelling the Peshmerga forces for several days.

“We have been attacking Daesh positions since early in the morning. They have made some counter-attacks as well,” Surchi said Friday, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS.

“As a result of the Peshmerga assaults on their positions we are monitoring the extremists’ movements in Kanash village. Their cars are moving around and it seems they have large number of casualties,” he added.

Attacks still erupt each week between Kurdish forces and the Islamic State group at the Gwer frontline about 30km from Erbil, capital of Kurdistan region.