Kurds take key northern town from Daesh
Peshmerga forces took control of Sinjar from Daesh. Hundreds of Yazidis had been trapped there since August. (AFP/File)
“Peshmerga forces succeeded in entering Sinjar town with the U.S-led international coalition’s airstrikes support. A lot of ISIL militants were forced to withdraw from Sinjar and to escape to Mosul city, while some others are still resisting,” a commander from Peshmerga forces told The Anadolu Agency reporter on the ground.
Meanwhile, Iraqi security forces managed to repel Daesh’s attack on Ramadi city on Saturday in the western Iraqi province of Anbar, a government official said. An Iraqi army official denied any involvement of U.S. troops in the defense of Ramadi.
Daesh had been in control of Sinjar, which is 77 miles west of Mosul -- where the group began its large-scale campaign that tore through Iraq -- and home to many Ezidi Kurds.
The Yazidi population is estimated at 600,000 and a number of Yazidi minority groups live in Turkey, Syria, Iran, Georgia and Armenia.
The U.S. is leading an international coalition which has carried out numerous airstrikes against Daesh in Iraq and Syria since the militant group took over Mosul, in northern Iraq, in June.
Iraq has been in a security vacuum since June, when Daesh stormed Mosul and declared what it called a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria.
Meanwhile, in capital Baghdad, three people were killed and 15 others were wounded in two explosions and mortar strike on Saturday, according to police sources.