Kurdistan Regional Government
MON, 19 NOV 2018 00:30 Erbil, GMT +3

Operation Free Sinjar began

THU, 12 NOV 2015 17:58 | KRG Cabinet

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) - Following International Coalition airstrike, yesterday evening, against dozens of fighting positions of the Islamic State terrorist organisation, ISIS, Operation Free Sinjar, a Peshmerga-led ground offensive to retake the town of Sinjar from ISIS terrorists, began early this morning.

In a statement, released early today, the Kurdistan Region Security Council, KRSC, said, “Operation Free Sinjar will include up to 7,500 Peshmerga from three fronts to cordon off Sinjar city, take control of ISIL's strategic supply routes, and establish a significant buffer zone to protect the city and its inhabitants from incoming artillery. Coalition warplanes will provide close air support to Peshmerga forces throughout the operation.”

Following is the KRSC statement on the situation as of 1300hrs:

West Front: Peshmerga forces have reached stretch of Highway 47 between West of Sinjar, cutting of Syria and preventing ISIL reinforcements into Sinjar area. Gabara village  is now secured.

East Front: Three villages - Gre Tl Shore, Fadheliya and Qen - now controlled by Peshmerga forces. The have secured a stretch of Highway 47 between Sinjar and Tal Afar at Um Shababit Checkpoint. Remains of at least 11 ISIL terrorists have been left abandoned in the area.

There is an active firefight with ISIL terrorists in Gulat village in the East front.

Five VBIEDs have been destroyed - four by International Coalition airstrikes and the other by Peshmerga forces using Milan anti-tank rockets. VBIEDs continue to be mobilised against our forces in a desperate attempt to slow down the offensive.

Radio chatter of an ISIL Emir can be heard instructing ISIL terrorists to stay and fight in Sinjar, adding that anyone fleeing the battlefield will be killed.

Approximately 30 ISIL terrorists have been killed in all fronts.

Further updates and photos will be provided on Twitter (@KRSCPress) using #FreeSinjar.

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