Kurdish forces seize vital Daesh supply route in Sinjar
Iraqi Kurdish forces take part in an operation backed by US-led strikes in the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar on November 12, 2015. (AFP/Safin Hamed)
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Peshmerga forces from Iraq’s Kurdish region seized control of the governor’s office of Sinjar district Thursday in an extensive military operation against Daesh, according to the Kurdistan Democratic Party.
Hemin Hawrami, head of foreign relations at the party, said on Twitter that peshmerga forces clashed with Daesh in central Sinjar and are advancing rapidly, taking control of many villages east of the district.
Hawrami added that the forces managed to seize control of a strategic road that connects Sinjar with Raqqa, Daesh’s stronghold in Syria.
Officials said around 7,500 Peshmerga forces are participating in the operation, with air support provided by the US-led international coalition.
According to Reuters, the US military said coalition warplanes had killed 60-70 Daesh militants in airstrikes supporting Kurdish peshmerga in the operation.
Jamal Eminki, the Iraqi Kurdish region’s chief of staff, told Anadolu Agency that peshmerga forces advanced approximately 10 kilometers into the area and are gaining ground in the eastern part of Sinjar.
Eminki said the operation is taking place under the command of President Masoud Barzani.
Sinjar is a town located 120 kilometers west of Mosul with an Ezidi Kurdish majority. It had fallen to Daesh in August 2014.
Thousands of Yazidis were forced to flee their homes to the nearby Sinjar Mount where they had been besieged by the militant group before peshmerga forces saved them.
This article has been modified from the source material.