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Kurdish fighters in Iraq make headway in battle against Islamic State
Kurdish fighters in Iraq make headway in battle against Islamic State

Kurdish forces backed by U.S.-led airstrikes gained ground against Islamic State militants in northern Iraq on Thursday, potentially clearing an escape route for persecuted minorities remaining on and near Mt. Sinjar. The offensive, begun this week, paired the aerial assault with local boots on the ground -- thousands of Kurdish peshmerga fighters -- in what Kurdish officials called the largest attack so far in the fight against the militants, also known by the initials ISIS. “ISIS elements are starting to flee and leave the area; their morale is very low,” said Masrour Barzani, leader of the Kurdistan regional government’s security council, in a statement late...

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