Islamic State (ISIS) militants attacked Kurdish Regional Authority Peshmerga forces in Kolajo (Golajo), Diyala province near the Iraq-Iran border late Wednesday, according to reports from the scene. Initial reports suggest injuries and fatalities.
The attack comes just days after ISIS killed three Kurdish security force personnel (Asayesh) in the area.
Located in the Garmiyan area, the village of Dakay Sarcham, where the attack took place, is roughly a kilometer from where the three Asayesh men, including their commander, were killed in ISIS shelling on November 30.
In the face of this ISIS resurgence, the Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs called on the international community to increase its military support.
More Peshmerga forces have been deployed to the area, he said.
The Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs confirmed the attack, claiming its forces had repelled the ISIS assault.
ISIS attacked Peshmerga forces in Kolajo but “the attack was soon repelled by Peshmerga forces who chased them and repelled the attack,” the ministry said in a statement.
“We assure the people of Kurdistan that Peshmerga forces are on full alert to protect the people and soil of Kurdistan and terminate terror,” it added.
The ministry did not confirm casualties.