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Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have fought their way to Iraq's Sinjar Mountains where hundreds of people have been trapped for months by fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, a Kurdish official said.
"Peshmerga forces have reached Mount Sinjar, the siege on the mountain has been lifted," Masrour Barzani, head of the Iraqi Kurdish region's national security council, told reporters from an operations centre near the border with Syria on Thursday.
The assault, backed by US-led air strikes, ended the months-long ordeal of hundreds of people from Iraq's Yazidi minority, who had been besieged on the mountain since ISIL stormed Sinjar and other Kurdish-controlled parts of northern Iraq in August, he said.
"All those Yazidis that were trapped on the mountain are now free," Barzani said, but added that the Peshmerga had not yet begun to evacuate them.
He said 100 ISIL fighters had been killed - a claim that could not be independently verified
The US and allied aircraft have carried out 1,361 raids against ISIL since bombing began on August 8, Terry said.
The advance of the ISIL fighters had been halted and the group was having difficulty moving and communicating as a result of the air campaign, he said.
Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have reported more gains against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, a day after they broke a months-long siege around the Sinjar Mountains.Kurdish forces liberated Sinune, the biggest town west of Mosul near the Syrian border on the third day of attacks against the IS ..
Why isn´t IS attacking israel?
originally posted by: Annunak1
still there is something fishy between IS and US/Israel.....smells too fishy. Why isn´t IS attacking israel? Or Saudi Arabia?............... when it smell like fish....there must be something fishy...
Because they know they dont have the forces or the equipment to do so right now.......
To go up against Israel right now would deal a death blow to much of their fighters.....