Iraqi Kurds advance on jihadist militants

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KIRKUK, Iraq: Iraqi Kurdish forces backed by air power retook three villages from jihadist militants northeast of Baghdad on Monday and also held off two assaults elsewhere, officials said. Militants led by the Islamic State group overran large chunks of Iraq in a lightning June offensive that swept security forces aside. But Iraqi federal forces and the autonomous Kurdish region’s peshmerga fighters are now fighting to regain ground from the militants on multiple fronts. On Monday, Kurdish forces backed by Iraqi air support retook three villages in the Jalawla area in Diyala province, as well as a main road used by jihadists to transport fighters and supplies.

AFP

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