• Iraq Kurds launch offensive against IS


    MOUNT SINJAR, Iraq: Iraqi Kurdish forces backed by US-led strikes launched a major operation Thursday to retake the town of Sinjar from the Islamic State group and cut a key supply line to Syria. Severing the supply line would hamper the jihadists’ ability to move fighters and supplies between northern Iraq and Syria, two countries where IS has overrun significant territory. And retaking Sinjar where IS carried out a brutal campaign of killings, enslavement and rape against the Yazidi religious minority, would also be an important symbolic victory.



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