ISIL complex attack against Kurds fails leaving 20 fighters killed
Subsequent to fierce clashes with the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, at least 20 militant fighters from the Islamic State (ISIS) were killed and more than 25 others were wounded near Mosul city in Iraq’s northwestern province of Nineveh, the Peshmerga said in a statement on Saturday.This appears to be a platoon size raiding force that used VBIED's and mortars in an attempt to clear a breach of the defensive line. The combination of Kurdish defenses and US air power were enough to repel the raiders. It suggests that ISIL lacks the resources to use overwhelming force against the Kurds at this time or they are unwilling to do so.
“Daesh terrorists attacked our (Peshmerga) headquarters in Makhmur district southeast of Mosul, using car bombs and mortar shells,” the Kurdish leadership said in a statement, using another acronym for ISIS.
“But our forces repelled the attack subsequent to fierce clashes,” it added.
“At least 20 terrorists were killed and 28 more wounded in the clashes, before the group withdrew from the area towards its strongholds in Mosul.”
The Kurdish Peshmerga troops were able to repel the ISIS attack with support from the U.S.-led coalition’s warplanes.