Islamic State offensive in northern Iraq, although repelled, shows group’s resilience

December 18, 2015 1:57 AM

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Islamic State offensive in northern Iraq, although repelled, shows group’s resilience

IRBIL, Iraq — American-led airstrikes killed at least 180 Islamic State fighters as local Kurdish forces­ scrambled to repel a bold, multi-pronged assault by the militants, U.S. and Iraqi officials said Thursday.

At least four coordinated attacks by more than 300 heavily armed militants kicked off the most intense fighting that northern Iraq has seen this year, illustrating the extremist group’s continued potency despite a year-long air campaign by the United States and its allies. It is an indication of the...

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