Peshmerga forces repel ISIS attack on Kurdish-American base near Kirkuk

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Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers observing ISIS locations near Mosul. File photo

ARA News

Iraqi Kurdistan’s Peshmerga forces repelled an attack by Islamic State’s (ISIS) jihadists on a Kurdish-American airbase near Kirkuk city in northern Iraq, officials reported on Monday.

According to the Peshmerga Ministry, five ISIS suicide bombers tried to infiltrate into the Kiwan Airbase west of Kirkuk.

“Two of them detonated their explosive belts near the main gate of the Kiwan Airbase after failing to break into the base,” a Peshmerga officer told ARA News on Monday.

At least two Peshmerga guards lost their lives and six others were wounded in the explosion.

The source confirmed that three other suicide bombers were killed by Peshmerga fire before reaching their target.

“The strict security measures by the Peshmerga and allied US-led coalition’s forces prevented these terrorists from infiltrating into the base,” the Kurdish official told ARA News, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Kiwan Airbase is a main station for the US-led coalition and Kurdish forces in their fight against ISIS extremists in northern Iraq.

Reporting by: Salar Qassim | Source: ARA News

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