DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:15 P.M.) – On Thursday morning, the Islamic State launched a localized offensive against Peshmerga troops in the western part of Nineveh province, looking to expand its vulnerable Tal Afar pocket.
Spearheaded by three suicide bombers, ISIS launched a head-on assault on the Kurdish-held village of Gul Mohammed near the M1-highway, located northeast of Tal Afar city.
However, the jihadist attack proved fruitless as all three car bombs were neutralized before reaching their designated targets. Subsequently, ISIS commanders called off the attack entirely, leaving the frontline static for the time being.
Although Peshmerga and ISIS have clashed repeatedly in the past, clashes between the two parties have become increasingly rare nowadays, primarily due to a series of succesful offensives launched by the Iraqi Army and Popular Mobilization Units in Nineveh governorate.