Peshmerga kills army, paramilitary personnel, west of Nineveh: Commander

Peshmerga troops.

Nineveh ( The Kurdish Peshmerga troops have killed army and paramilitary personnel in western Nineveh, commander said.

“Peshmerga troops intersected a convoy of Iraqi army and al-Hashd al-Shaabi [Popular Mobilization Forces] near Rabei’a village, northwest of Nineveh,” Masrour Barzani, commander of the Peshmerga’s Zervani troops, told the Kurdish network Rudaw on Thursday.

The troops, according to Barzani, hampered the convoy “while on way to a border exit, destroying five military machines and killing several army and paramilitary personnel.”

The federal government had ordered handing over the border exits, run by Kurdish authorities, including Rabei’a, which links Kurdistan and Syria, in the wake of Kurdistan’s independence repres

Iraqi troops, backed by Popular Mobilization Forces, took over Kirkuk province from Kurdish Peshmerga fighters on Tuesday, fulfilling instructions made earlier by Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi to retake areas where sovereignty is disputed with Kurdistan Region’s Government.

A monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which excludes security members deaths, said 196 civilians were killed, while 381 others were wounded due to violence and armed conflicts during the month of September. The fatalities included 10 foreign nationals. Baghdad was the most affected province with 37 deaths and 157 injuries. Dhi Qar province came in the second place with 82 killed and 93 injured. Anbar came in the third place with 20 killed and 46 injured.

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