WATCH: ISIS suicide mission thwarted by Kurdish forces caught on video

A truck apparently used in ISIS suicide mission destroyed by Kurdish forces near Kirkuk.

By REUTERS
March 10, 2015 14:35

Kurds destroy ISIS truck

Kurds destroy ISIS truck

 
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A truck apparently driven by an Islamic State fighter on a suicide mission on Sunday  was blown up by Kurdish forces in dramatic video released on social media.

Reuters cannot independently verify the content of this video, which was obtained from a social media website.

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The video shows the truck lumbering across the desert and being hit by gunfire, before being totally destroyed in a fireball explosion. It is unclear what happened to the truck driver.

The peshmerga have launched an offensive against Islamic State militants across the Mala Abdula-Talward frontline in southwest Kirkuk.

Kurdish forces drove Islamic State militants back from the oil-rich city in northern Iraq on Monday , in an advance backed by heavy air strikes from a US-led coalition.

Kurdish fighters retook around 100 square km (40 square miles), including about a dozen villages, from Islamic State to the south and west of Kirkuk, killing some 100 militants, a statement from the region's security council said.

Kirkuk governor Najmaldin Karim told local television the purpose of the offensive was to secure Kirkuk, which the Kurds have held since last summer.

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