1,466 peshmerga killed in clashes with ISIL since 2014
ARBIL – Anadolu Agency
AFP photoA total of 1,466 Kurdish peshmerga forces have been killed in clashes with members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) since 2014, an official from northern Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) said June 13.
In a Facebook post, Jabbar Yawar, secretary-general of the KRG’s Peshmerga Affairs Ministry, said 8,610 peshmerga troops had also been injured over the same period.
“And 62 peshmerga troops remain unaccounted for,” he added.
Iraq has suffered a devastating security vacuum since mid-2014, when ISIL overran the northern city of Mosul and captured large swathes of territory in the country’s northern and western regions.
According to the U.N., more than 3.4 million people have been internally displaced in Iraq – more than half of them children – while over 10 million people countrywide remain in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.