ERBIL — The offensive conducted on Friday by the Shi’ite militias against the Peshmerga forces in Pirde town south of Erbil was strongly repelled and a number of militias along with their vehicles were destroyed, said a Peshmerga commander.
Heavy clashes erupted between the Peshmerga Forces and the Iran-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi in Pirde (Altun Kopri) town on the outskirt of Erbil early on Friday.
Lieutenant Colonel Zanyar Hasan, a Commander of Peshmerga, told BasNews “The clashes between the Peshmerga forces and Hashd al-Shaabi militias on Pirde frontline are ongoing,” adding that the Peshmerga forces managed to defeat the militias, killing a number of militias and destroying a dozen of armored vehicles.
The commander said that the militias are using US-provided weapons against the Peshmerga forces in Kurdistan.
He explained that the invading forces entered Pirde, the last town of Kirkuk south of Erbil, but they were not allowed to advance further towards Erbil.
Hussein Yazdanpana, a Peshmerga Commander in Pirde, told BasNews that the Peshmerga forces inflicted the militias with heavy damages.
The Peshmerga commander explained “Four brigades of the Hashd al-Shaabi, backed by a neighboring country, are attacking Peshmerga,” adding that this indicates that large forces of Hashd al-Shaabi are present in Kirkuk.
The Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) confirmed that the Peshmerga forces destroyed one US Abrams tank and a dozen of armored vehicles used by Hashd al-Shaabi in Friday’s clashes.
The Iran-backed Shi’ite militias launched a major offensive against Kurdistan on October 16 and took over Kirkuk Province and all other Kurdish disputed areas.