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Kurdish fighters enter Islamic State-occupied town of Sinjar
Kurdish fighters enter Islamic State-occupied town of Sinjar

Kurdish fighters backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes on Sunday entered the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar, which has been held by Islamic State militants for months. The campaign to retake the mountain town is the latest effort to regain ground lost to the Sunni extremist group during the summer, when it expanded from strongholds in neighboring Syria and seized large swaths of northern and western Iraq. So far in Sinjar, Kurdish peshmerga fighters have managed to clear a path to the mountain that overshadows town, allowing some of the thousands of Yazidis, a religious minority, trapped there since summer to evacuate. That meant clearing mines and roadside bombs planted by Islamic...

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