Thursday, October 19, 2017

US Abrams tanks sway the battle in Kirkuk

U.S. M1A1 Abrams tanks supplied to the Iraqi Army provided an asymmetrical advantage over Kurdish Peshmerga and security forces during the battle of Kirkuk, according to witnesses. In 2003 Kurds reclaimed the oil rich city, but that unraveled in lighting speed on October 16, when Iraqi forces led by U.S.-supplied Abrams tanks spearheaded towards the K1 airfield and an industrial zone just south of the city. Iraqi convoys were led by Abrams tanks, followed by Iranian-backed Popular Mobilization Forces, or PMF, in U.S. Humvees and trucks. The convoy that struck the industrial complex just south of Kirkuk had five Abrams tanks in it.