Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Caught in IS Attack; Five Islamic State Soldiers Killed in Frontline Clash

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Caught in IS Attack; Five Islamic State Soldiers Killed in Frontline Clash

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FORMER Longman MP Wyatt Roy has been caught in a firefight near the border of Syria and Iraq.

Celebrated SBS journalist Jana Wendt quoted Mr Roy, who left parliament after losing his seat at this year's Federal election, saying he was caught up in a "frontline confrontation" between Islamic State and Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Iraq last Thursday.

Ms Wendt reported Mr Roy saying he was present when about 15 IS insurgents attacked Domez, west of Mosul. The attack was ended with an air strike by coalit- ion forces and left five IS fighters dead.

"The danger of a 50-cal bullet, or if they had bigger RPGs, or a mortar round hitting us was pretty serious so we had to stay where we were," Mr Roy was quoted saying. "Once (the Pesh- merga) had pushed them back, they were very adamant that we get in the car and drive as fast as we could in the other direction."

Mr Roy told Ms Wendt he, a British political consultant and a translator left the scene before the airstrike, driving back to the town of Sinjar, where they were met by the local Peshmerga commander. …

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