ERBIL— A group of foreign Islamic State (IS) fighters who tried to escape from Tel Afar (65 km west of Mosul) to Syria were ambushed by Kurdistan Peshmerga forces and were all eliminated.
The extremists tried to traverse Peshmerga trenches on Monday but Peshmerga forces ambushed them and killed 15 of them, Samad Zebari, Peshmerga commander in Tel Afar told Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP)'s official page.
Two other militants exploded themselves, he said, adding the bodies of the eliminated IS members are left in the area under the control of Peshmerga.
On August 31, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced that the Iraqi forces have reclaimed the control of Tel Afar after three years of the Islamic caliphate in the mainly Shi'ite Turkmen town.
The town was retaken in only 10 days. Many jihadists tried to flee but a large number of them were eliminated before making it to Syria.