Battle for Mula Abdula Kirkuk, Iraq

Collection with 23 media items created by Osie Greenway

Kurdistan, Iraq 02 Feb 2015 17:44

Responding to an incursion by Islamic State fighters on the southern outskirts of Kirkuk on Jan. 30, Saturday Peshmerga PUK fighters went on the offensive, launching an attack on the ISIS-held village of Mula Abdulla just five kilometers south of Maktab Khaled.

 

Supported by anti-ISIS coalition airstrikes from A-10 and F-16 aircraft, approximately 600 Peshmerga fighters used tanks, RPGs, and small arms to assault what they estimated to be 250 ISIS fighters holed up in the village. ISIS responded with mortars and small arms, and as of dusk, the battle for Mula Abdulla was still at a standstill. However, ISIS return fire greatly diminished after several passes by an A-10, which struck their mortar positions to the cheers of Peshmerga fighters taking cover behind a berm just 30 feet away.

 

An improvised explosive device struck at least one Peshmerga vehicle; the Kurds warned that many of the devices in the immediate area—held by ISIS just days before—could pose a threat to Kurdish operations. Peshmerga authorities conducted controlled detonations of some the devices they found, as well as buried with a bulldozer the corpses of ISIS fighters killed the day before.  

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Kirkuk, Iraq
By Osie Greenway
31 Jan 2015

Islamic State fighters that were killed during night clashes with the Peshmerga on Jan. 30.

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Kirkuk, Iraq
By Osie Greenway
31 Jan 2015

Islamic State fighters that were killed during night clashes with the Peshmerga on Jan. 30.

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Kirkuk, Iraq
By Osie Greenway
31 Jan 2015

Islamic State fighters that were killed during night clashes with the Peshmerga on Jan. 30.

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Kirkuk, Iraq
By Osie Greenway
31 Jan 2015

Islamic State fighters that were killed during night clashes with the Peshmerga on Jan. 30 are left in puddles outside of trench lines that were eventually overtaken by Peshmerga forces eventually these bodies were buried in a mass grave.

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By Osie Greenway
01 Feb 2015

machine gunner part of Peshmerga's special forces heads to the the staging area where an assault on the town of Mula Abdula will begin.

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Kirkuk, Iraq
By Osie Greenway
01 Feb 2015

Peshmerga fighters watch as an F-16 delivers a heavy airstrike on Islamic State militants defending positions in the town on Mula Abdula on the Kirkuk frontline.

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Kirkuk, Iraq
By Osie Greenway
31 Jan 2015

Peshmerga fighters patrol the open ground for more dead Islamic State fighters to be buried in a mass grave.

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Kirkuk, Iraq
By Osie Greenway
31 Jan 2015

Islamic State fighters that were killed during night clashes with the Peshmerga on Jan. 30.

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Kirkuk, Iraq
By Osie Greenway
31 Jan 2015

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter on the Kirkuk frontline looks toward the burning town of Mula Abdula from trenches covered in the Islamic State's fighters corpses. Islamic State militants are fighting the Peshmerga to maintain their hold on the town. After nearly a dozen Coalition airstrikes supported an assault by the Peshmerga the fighting died down and the militants withdrew deeper into the town.

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By Osie Greenway
31 Jan 2015

A Kurdish tank drives to the outskirts of Mula Abdula in support ‪of ‎Peshmerga‬ units engaged in a firefight with Islamic State militants on the frontline of Kirkuk, ‪‎Iraq‬.

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Kirkuk, Iraq
By Osie Greenway
31 Jan 2015

Kurdish armored vehicles drive to the outskirts of Mula Abdula in support ‪of ‎Peshmerga‬ units engaged in a firefight with Islamic State militants on the frontline of Kirkuk, ‪‎Iraq‬.

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Kirkuk, Iraq
By Osie Greenway
31 Jan 2015

Peshmerga mine disposal unit begins clearing makeshift mines on the Kirkuk front line left by Islamic State militants 2 days ago. In a section of road no more than 30ft there were over 15 IEDs planted within it. Here a IED explodes in an attempt to disarm the explosive so the road can be usable again for armored vehicles.

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Kirkuk, Iraq
By Osie Greenway
31 Jan 2015

Peshmerga mine disposal unit begins clearing makeshift mines on the Kirkuk front line left by Islamic State militants 2 days ago. In a section of road no more than 30ft there were over 15 IEDs planted within it. Here a IED explodes in an attempt to disarm the explosive so the road can be usable again for armored vehicles.

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Kirkuk, Iraq
By Osie Greenway
31 Jan 2015

Islamic State's fighters bodies littered the main highway check point after heavy clashes on the 30th of Jan. There bodies and destroyed vehicles have not been moved due to continual fighting throughout the day. The Kurdish fighters proudly displayed a Kurdish flag they moved 40ft up the highway when Islamic State fighters withdrew from the position.

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Kirkuk, Iraq
By Osie Greenway
01 Feb 2015

A black cloud rises from the town of Mula Abdula on the outskirts of Kirkuk, Iraq after an airstrike on Islamic State group's defenses in the town. This strike and the dozens after were in support of an assault made by Peshmerga forces on key positions held by Islamic State.

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Kirkuk, Iraq
By Osie Greenway
01 Feb 2015

An F 16 flies over the town of Mula Abdula on the outskirts of Kirkuk, Iraq after an airstrike on Islamic State group's defenses in the town. This strike and the dozens after were in support of an assault made by Peshmerga forces on key positions held by Islamic State.

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Kirkuk, Iraq
By Osie Greenway
31 Jan 2015

Hundreds of Kurdish Peshmerga units rush to support newly gained ground in an attempt to assault the town of Mula Abdula on the outskirts of Kirkuk, Iraq. Many choose to walk instead of using vehicles do to the immense amount of IEDs left behind by the Islamic State group when they retreated from this position two days prior.

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Kirkuk, Iraq
By Osie Greenway
01 Feb 2015

The bridge is where Islamic State militants are digging in and preparing for assaults on Kurdish positions. This frontline has gone back and fourth for four months the Peshmerga is on the offensive now that Coalition airstrikes have proved to be effective in the recent days.

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Kirkuk, Iraq
By Osie Greenway
01 Feb 2015

Islamic State fighters that were killed during night clashes with the Peshmerga on Jan. 30.

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Kirkuk, Iraq
By Osie Greenway
01 Feb 2015

Hundreds of Kurdish Peshmerga units rush to support newly gained ground in an attempt to assault the town of Mula Abdula on the outskirts of Kirkuk, Iraq. Many choose to walk instead of using vehicles do to the immense amount of IEDs left behind by the Islamic State group when they retreated from this position two days prior.

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Kirkuk, Iraq
By Osie Greenway
01 Feb 2015

Peshmerga mine disposal unit begins clearing makeshift mines on the Kirkuk front line left by Islamic State militants 2 days ago. In a section of road no more than 30ft there were over 15 IEDs planted within it. Here a IED explodes in an attempt to disarm the explosive so the road can be usable again for armored vehicles.

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Kirkuk, Iraq
By Osie Greenway
01 Feb 2015

Peshmerga mine disposal unit begins clearing makeshift mines on the Kirkuk front line left by Islamic State militants 2 days ago. In a section of road no more than 30ft there were over 15 IEDs planted within it. Here a IED explodes in an attempt to disarm the explosive so the road can be usable again for armored vehicles.

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Kirkuk, Iraq
By Osie Greenway
01 Feb 2015

An A 10 Warthog flies over the town of Mula Abdula on the outskirts of Kirkuk, Iraq after an airstrike on Islamic State group's defenses in the town. This strike and the dozens after were in support of an assault made by Peshmerga forces on key positions held by Islamic State.