ISIS has launched a new round of attacks against several Peshmerga-held targets across Iraq today, hitting sites in four different districts, and launching bombing attacks in Kirkuk.
Kurdish officials initially claimed 45 ISIS fighters were killed today, and bragged of repelling attacks west of Irbil, though the increases ISIS activity sent the price of oil rising.
Eight Peshmerga fighters were killed, along with a top general in the force who had been leading anti-ISIS operations in Kirkuk. The UN announced it is evacuating foreign staff from the area after the offensive.
Kurdistan Premier Nechirvan Barzani insisted that the global response to ISIS was “inadequate” and predicted that the war against them would last for a long time.