MOSUL, Iraq – At least six Kurdish fighters were killed, and 11 others were injured, in a mortar barrage by the Islamic State jihadist group in the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar.
The leader of the Sinjar Protection Force, Luqman al-Khansuri, told Efe on Friday that the shells landed among a unit of the Kurdish forces, or peshmerga.
A week ago, the peshmerga managed to break the siege imposed by the IS on Mount Sinjar and began to evacuate civilians trapped there for four months.
After hours of heavy fighting, they reached the mountaintop as part of a sweeping crackdown which involved some 8,000 Kurdish fighters.
Two days later, the Kurdish troops managed to enter the town of Sinjar, supported by airstrikes by the U.S.-international coalition, and heavy fighting has continued since.