Kurds claim advances in Iraq as Britain joins fray

September 30, 2014 6:58 PM

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SALHIYAH, Iraq (AP) — Kurdish officials said Tuesday their fighters recaptured a key Iraqi border crossing into Syria from Islamic State group militants in intense fighting, as Britain joined the U.S.-led international air campaign against the extremists, carrying out its first strikes in Iraq.

Kurdish fighters, known as peshmerga, said they saw their heaviest fighting yet against the Islamic State group as the Kurds waged a campaign to recapture territory lost to the extremists over the past months.

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