ERBIL — Seven Kurdish Peshmerga forces were killed on Thursday night while hunting down Islamic State (IS) militants near Makhmour, southwest of Erbil, Peshmerga Ministry confirmed.
IS jihadists earlier the night attacked the village of Khidir Jija near Qarachoq mountain and killed three civilians while several others were left injured, the ministry said in a statement.
Soon after the first attack, Peshmerga forces rushed to the area, pushed the militants, and secured the region.
“The Peshmerga forces later launched a mop-up operation, during which one of the Peshmerga vehicles was ambushed by the terrorists,” the statement explained, confirming that seven Peshmerga soldiers were killed.
The ministry offered condolences to the families of the victims, pledging that “the terrorists would pay the price”.
It also warned about continued attacks if the joint operations between Peshmerga and Iraqi Army will not begin “immediately” to secure the disputed territories, from where IS regularly targets the Kurdistan Region.