The Peshmerga that have been fighting in northern Iraq has been receiving newly upgraded weapons. The German government deployed their army to help train the Peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq. The pictures are from the social media site Twitter showing the anti-armor weapon Panzerfaust 3 a modern recoilless weapon. The Panzerfaust was designed to go up against Russian armor. The weapons are needed for the Peshmerga or Pesh to fight the Islamic State militia fighters. The Pesh are working with old equipment and weapons and need better weapons to defend Erbil.
Elijah J. Magnier (@EjmAlrai) January 25, 2015
There are other European countries giving assistance to the Peshmerga fighters. Sweden will be sending their military trainers to northern Iraq.
In the video, you can watch the British Army training who are training the Peshmerga in small unit tactics. The British are doing a good job and keep up the good work.
The U.S. led airstrikes have been increasing slightly in northern Iraq against the Islamic State. The airstrikes and the combat action on the ground are attempting to cut off the supply lines for the Islamic State in and around Mosul. The Coalition airstrikes have destroyed vehicles, buildings, defensive fighting positions, and terrorist fighters.
Pentagon spokesperson Rear Admiral John Kirby said about 6,000 of the fighters have been killed according to battle damage assessments (BDA). U.S. officials claim that there are only 20,000 to 30,000 fighters. I believe these are very low numbers considering how much of an area the ISIL/ISIS are controlling with a population of 4 million people. I am talking about the area’s in Iraq and Syria. The Kurdish President Massoud Barzani has estimated the Islamic State fighters are around 200,000 strong. The recruiting efforts by the Islamic State are active and every single day people are joining the ISIL/ISIS. It looks like we have a lot more killing to do.
There is a video of Peshmerga engaging fighters from the Islamic State in a gun battle near Makhmour, Iraq. In the video, you see a small group of Peshmerga fighters with various small arms weapons and U.S. made up-armored Humvee vehicles. They are shooting the Islamic State has they try to run or retreat to cover in an open field. The video cannot be verified of its exact location, but you get an idea of what is happening in Iraq.
Conflict News (@rConflictNews) January 24, 2015