Peshmerga General Wahed Kovle died February 3 of a brain stroke, according to Kurdistan 24. Kovle commanded the Dohuk anti-terror unit in Baqofah, Iraq: an Assyrian village in the Nineveh province north of Mosul, and was admired by his soldiers.
“He was always fearless in battle and would never allow anyone to be in front of him,” said Mike. “He was always up front with an RPG or Panzerfaust, making sure that he would be the first man to face danger.” Mike is the name he gives to Norwegian and international media.
The Dohuk anti-terror unit participated in Peshmerga operations against ISIS in the battle for Mosul starting in 2016. They helped liberate neighboring Batnaya from ISIS the same month.
Louis, a US Marine veteran and former volunteer with Baqofah-based Christian paramilitary group Dwekh Nawsha, says Kovle supported his troops in non-military ways too.
“He always looked after his guys. Fed them when they didn’t get paid,” he said. Louis declines to give his full name to media. “He was loved and feared by all his men.”