“The most significant mission ever undertaken against Islamic State.”

BAGHDAD – The Iraqi Defence Minister has revealed that they were not informed about the Kurdish Peshmerga and US forces conducting a joint operation against Islamic State (IS) militants in Hawija on Thursday.

On Thursday October 22nd, Kurdish Peshmerga forces carried out a rescue mission on an IS prison compound in Hawija, southern Kirkuk, freeing 69 prisoners who were facing “imminent mass execution”, US officials confirmed.

One US service member was killed and four Peshmerga injured. 6 IS insurgents were captured during the operation with 20 others killed.

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