Peshmerga forces begin large-scale ground offensive in Gwer and Makhmour
PESHMERGA FORCES BEGIN LARGE-SCALE GROUND OFFENSIVE TO PUSH THE ENEMY FARTHER AWAY FROM GWER AND MAKHMOUR.
On 31 December 2014, Peshmerga forces launched a large-scale offensive to clear an area of approximately 120 square kilometres between Gwer and Makhmour. The objective is to push the enemy farther away from both areas.
At 1000hrs Coalition forces began aerial bombardment on Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) positions in the area.
At 1030hrs Peshmerga forces launched a large-scale ground offensive to force ISIS out of the area. The assault is spearheaded by Peshmerga forces with local Arab tribes providing guidance.
At 1300hrs, Peshmerga forces succeeded in retaking complete control of Sultan Abdullah and Duizat Sero, both South West of Gwer.
At 1430hrs, Peshmerga forces succeeded in retaking complete control of Duizat Xaro and Telshuer, both South West of Gwer.
Peshmerga forces supported by International Coalition airstrikes continue to advance in Sinjar District. Hundreds of ISIS fighters have been killed since the start of the large-scale offensive on 17 December 2014.
Counter-IED teams have cleared thousands of improvised explosive devices (IED) in the area South of Rabia and North of Mt. Sinjar.