Gold / 2016 / Press / War

Kirkuk's Unknown

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    Gold in Press/War, Gold in Press/War
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    Osie Greenway

Heaps of dead Islamic State fighters killed after heavy night clashes with Kurdish forces on the outskirts of Kirkuk, Iraq found on January 31, 2015. The radical Islamist fighters attempted to take Kurdish Peshmerga positions under the cover of night and heavy rains to avoid Coalition airstrikes on the previous night of January 30th. These bodies were searched thoroughly for ammunition, identification, and any other helpful intelligence, by Kurdish forces. The commanding Peshmerga officer claimed that they found many European IDs among the dead Islamic State militants. Some of the Bodies were decapitated (right) and Kurdish commanders later publicly announced their outrage at Kurdish fighters that had tied the heads to the back of trucks and drove them throughout the city of Kirkuk. The Bodies of roughly 40 Islamic State militants mostly unknown were later bulldozed where they fell into unmarked graves.