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Iraq: ISIS Roadside Bomb Kills 5 Peshmerga, Wounds 4

Iraq: ISIS Roadside Bomb Kills 5 Peshmerga, Wounds 4

Sunday, 28 November, 2021 - 11:30
File photo of Iraqi policemen secure the scene of a road side bomb blast that hit a mini bus in Baghdad, Iraq. (FILE/AP)

A roadside bomb attack by ISIS group militants in northern Iraq killed five Kurdish forces and wounded four others, Kurdish state news agency Rudaw reported Sunday.


The peshmerga fighters were killed in the Garmian district in Iraq's Kurdish-run north late Saturday. ISIS militants then attacked a peshmerga post, wounding four, according to the report.


Attacks targeting Iraqi security forces, including Kurdish peshmerga fighters, are common and have been on the rise since ISIS was defeated on the battlefield in 2017. Militants remain active through sleeper cells in many areas, especially across a band of territory in the north under dispute between federal Iraq and the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government.


Militants from ISIS still conduct operations, often targeting security forces, power stations and other infrastructure.


Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani offered condolences to the families of the dead Sunday, The Associated Press reported.


“The increase in the ISIS attacks sends a dangerous and serious message and brings forth a serious threat in the region. Therefore, further cooperation between the Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi security forces with support from the global coalition is an urgent need,” he said in a statement.


The US-led coalition to defeat ISIS announced the end of its combat mission and said troops will withdraw from Iraq by the end of December. Advisers will remain to continue to train Iraqi forces.


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