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U.S.-Backed Kurdish Troops Capture Strategic Iraqi Highway From ISIS


Kurdish troops, aided by Yazidi fighters and backed by air strikes from a U.S.-led coalition, have captured a key highway from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as part of their campaign to retake the city of Sinjar in northern Iraq, The New York Times reportedThursday.

As many as 7,500 Kurdish pesh merga fighters were moving on “three fronts to cordon off Sinjar City, take control of ISIL’s strategic supply routes, and establish a significant buffer zone to protect the city and its inhabitants from incoming artillery,” the security council of the Kurdish autonomous region in Iraq said in a statement, using an acronym for the Islamic State.

Describing the unfolding battle, Kurdish officials said that pesh merga forces had taken the village of


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