World Bulletin / News Desk
Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga troops launched a wide-scale offensive against ISIL, in the northern city of Kirkuk's south, an Iraqi commander said Monday.
Wasta Rasul, the peshmerga commander, said Iraqi Kurdish troops, backed by the U.S.-led international coalition, began the operation at 04.00 a.m. local time (0700GMT).
Rasul said the peshmerga, the armed forces of Kurdish regional government, attacked the armed group's positions in Maktab Khaled, Dakuk and Harabarut.
"The operation is ongoing and the peshmerga regained Sultan Mari village in the south," said the peshmerga commander, adding that coalition airstrikes killed at least 40 members during the operation.
Peshmerga forces have been making preparations for days to repel ISIL, which posed a threat to Kirkuk. Many troops and military vehicles have been dispatched to the region.Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Mart 2015, 11:25