Kurdish forces take back villages from Islamic State


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Kurdish and Iraqi government forces have recaptured four villages near Mosul from Islamic State, but not without a repercussions

MOSUL, Iraq, ACCRA,
Aug. 15, (UPI/GNA) – Kurdish and Iraqi government forces have recaptured four
villages near Mosul from Islamic State, but not without a repercussions.

The offensive,
which kicked off about 5:30 a.m. Sunday, involved the backup of U.S.
airstrikes.

IS fought back,
though, attempting to ram explosive-laden vehicles in to Kurdish soldiers, then
burning tires to provide cover from the airstrikes. The Kurds were able to blow
up the suicide car bombs before they reached the troops, Al Jazeera reported.

Some 5,000 troops
were involved in Sunday’s offensive, a Kurdish commander said.

The fight between
the Kurds and IS continues outside a fifth village, Sateeh.

Meanwhile, Iraq is
preparing a plan to retake Mosul, the nation’s second-largest city. No date has
been announced for that operation. Mosul has been under IS control since June
2014, BBC reported.

Taking back the
city where IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared an IS caliphate – a state
governed by Islamic law – could prove to be “the biggest, most sensitive
humanitarian crisis in the world, the UN has warned.

But Iraq Prime
Minster Haider al-Abadi said the loss of Mosul would effectively mark IS’s
defeat in Iraq.

Since Sunday’s
take-back of the four villages, Peshmerga engineering teams have been busy
defusing bombs IS planted throughout the area.

GNA


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