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Iraq: Peshmerga forces take control of Sinjar district

MOSUL (AVRUPA TIMES) Peshmerga forces from Iraq’s Kurdish region managed to take control of Sinjar district Friday, sources told Anadolu Agency.


The Peshmerga sources said the forces took full control of public institutions. On Thursday, the Peshmerga forces had launched an extensive military operation against Daesh in the Ezidi Kurdish-majority district.


Officials said approximately 7,500 Peshmerga forces participated in the operation, with air support provided by the U.S.-led international coalition.


Sinjar is a town located 120 kilometers west of Mosul with an Ezidi Kurdish majority. It fell to Daesh in August 2014.


Thousands of Ezidis were forced to flee their homes to the nearby Sinjar Mount where they had been besieged by the militant group before the Peshmerga forces saved them.

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