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Kurdistan

Kurdish Forces Enter Shangal

By RUDAW 4/8/2014
The Kurdish forces went on the offensive on Sunday after Islamic militants captured Shangal 200 kilometers west of Erbil.
The Kurdish forces went on the offensive on Sunday after Islamic militants captured Shangal 200 kilometers west of Erbil.

SHANGAL—Kurdish Peshmerga forces have entered Shangal, said military officials, and they have cornered militants of the Islamic State in parts of the town.

Rudaw reporter in the area said that units from the 10,000-strong Peshmarga force who had encircled the town earlier in the day are now in the town center and try to rout the Islamic militants.

The Peshmerga were able to enter Shangal following a heavy bombardment of the Rahman and Nasir sectors where the militants had taken position.

Meanwhile, a large Peshmerga forces have made their way to the Shangal mountainside where thousands of Yezidi families have taken shelter.

Rudaw reporter says that the Peshmerga have made progress in their counteroffensive near Zumar where they intend to cut off the IS militants from retreating into Syria.

The IS are said to have demolished the Zumar bridge in anticipation of the Peshmerga advance.

The Kurdish forces went on the offensive on Sunday after Islamic militants captured Shangal 200 kilometers west of Erbil.

“We decided to go on the offensive and fight the terrorists to the last breath,” said Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani Monday afternoon. “We have ordered the Peshmerga to attack the terrorists and enemies of Kurdistan with all their power.”

Barzani said that the Kurdish forces “will not relinquish an inch of Kurdistan and we will defend our dear Yezidi brothers and sisters.”

Earlier in the day, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ordered the Iraqi air force to assist the Peshmerga in their fight against the IS militants.

According to Rudaw reporter in the region, Iraqi jets bombed militant positions in Shangal and Zumar today.


Unofficial sources told Rudaw that members of the Peoples Protection Units (YPG) have joined the Peshmerga fight against the Islamic militants. Ten Kurdish volunteer fighters were also reported to have reached Shangal from Turkey.

 

 

 

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Roj | 4/8/2014
This is a good news and the best is the sign of unity between Pweshmerga and YPG. Unnited we stand and scattered we fall! Biji Kurd u Kurdistan, biji Peshmerge, biji YPK, biji serkaftin
Brusk | 4/8/2014
Her BIJI YPG!! the only force who fighting ISIS are YPG as well as some of patriots Peşmerge who resist withdrawal order from KDP Leadership. I have faith of President Barzani and his love for kurdish nation, but the rest KDP have betrayed Kurdistan nation over and over. IT is Time for president Barzani to clean up this KDP dark shadow force once for all.
Schkak | 4/8/2014
We have to unite our militias and integrate it in one Kurdish National Army loyal to the Kurdish nation and not to any political pary.Victory with the Kurds.Independence now.
welato | 4/8/2014
Biji peshmerge. May God protect our land n all its citizens regardless of their religion. We are all kurd before anything. Btw isis did NOT capture the largest dam in Mosul. Western media is full of false statements. Kurds will never give up an inch of our preciuos n God granted land.
welato | 4/8/2014
Biji peshmerge. May God protect our land n all its citizens regardless of their religion. We are all kurd before anything. Btw isis did NOT capture the largest dam in Mosul. Western media is full of false statements. Kurds will never give up an inch of our preciuos n God granted land.
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