Iraq Kurds launch Sinjar offensive after coalition air strikes - World

December 17, 2014 4:08 PM

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ARBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Kurdish forces launched an operation to retake the town of Sinjar in northwestern Iraq early on Wednesday after heavy coalition air strikes on Islamic State positions in the area overnight, Kurdish security officials said.

If the peshmerga succeed in recapturing the town, it would open up a corridor to Sinjar mountain, where hundreds of minority Yazidis have been besieged by IS militants since August.

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