ZARAFAH, Iraq — Backed by American air power, Kurdish officials early Thursday morning announced the start of a ground offensive to retake the western Iraqi town of Sinjar from Islamic State fighters, and cut a major jihadist supply line between Syria and the Iraqi city of Mosul.
The plan called for American airstrikes to open the campaign. Thousands of Kurdish pesh merga fighters, joined by Yazidi forces, were prepared to sweep down from Mount Sinjar and attack fighters for the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, on multiple fronts.
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