Iraqi Kurdish forces launch offensive to retake Sinjar area from Islamic State militants

December 17, 2014 2:05 PM

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Iraqi Kurdish forces have launched a broad offensive aimed at recapturing areas near the Syrian border that have been held by Islamic State militants for months, officials say.

Among the goals is the Sinjar area, which was home to many members of the Yazidi minority before IS fighters attacked in early August, killing or abducting hundreds and prompting tens of thousands to flee through the mountains.

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