According to his information, the militants repeatedly attacked in this area the checkpoints of the Shiite forces of Al-Hashd al-Shaabi, who are fighting on the side of the Iraqi army. This forced the authorities in Baghdad to send reinforcements to the north of the country.
It is assumed that the terrorists could have entered Iraq from Syria. According to the channel, they are all well prepared and have experience in fighting. The number of "Rayat el Beida" is estimated at 500 people, most of them Kurds, but there are also former Arab mercenaries who fought in the ranks of the Islamic State terrorist group (IG, banned in the Russian Federation). The white flag of the organization depicts the head of a lion.
As the commander of the Iraqi rapid reaction brigade, General Tamer al-Husseini, said, there are no members of the Kurdish armed militia Peshmerga in the ranks of Rajat al-Beida. According to the general, the enemy is well armed and uses heavy guns and mortars during the attacks. As Al-Husseini noted, a real threat emanates from this terrorist group for oil facilities in Kirkuk, reports TASS