“Drove Islamic State militants out of 10 villages”

Kurdish forces backed by U.S.-led coalition air strikes drove Islamic State militants out of 10 villages in Iraq’s Kirkuk province on Wednesday in an offensive to secure their territory in the north, Kurdish military sources said. The assault began at dawn in the Daquq area, around 175 km (110 miles) north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad. By evening, Kurdish forces had taken an area of around 24 square km, the sources said. The Kurdistan region’s Security Council said up to 2,000 peshmerga had participated in the attack and dozens of ISIL fighters were killed. An aide to a Kurdish commander taking part in the offensive said five peshmerga had been killed, most of them by improvised explosive devices. The frontline between Kurdish peshmerga forces and Islamic State in northern Iraq has hardly budged for months”.

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