Kurdish Peshmerga forces attacked ISIS militants on Wednesday in a number of villages located in Iraq’s northern province of Kirkuk, in an attempt to secure their already obtained territories in previous clashes with the insurgency since last summer.
The clash began overnight south of Daquq, a town about 175 kilometres north of the capital Baghdad.
The front line between the regional Kurdish Peshmerga forces and ISIS insurgency in Northern Iraq has hardly been touched for months.
The territories claimed by the Kurdish forces are already mostly under their own authority and they have little incentive to go further into predominantly Sunni Muslim Arab towns and villages.
Before the start of the day’s afternoon, ISIS militants had been pushed out of the village of Albu Najm, according to a local source within the Peshmerga forces.
The clashes continued in another close by village, he said.
A Kurdish officer with the rank of captain died due to an improvised explosive device, a source in the Kirkuk morgue reported.
Peshmerga forces have become a vital partner for the US in its air strikes against ISIS insurgency.
They have pushed back the insurgency in Northern Iraq, ultimately expanding the territory of their autonomous region in the process, but large parts of Kirkuk province still remain in the militancy’s hands.