From a remote desert mountaintop in Iraq, Kurds battle to free a town held by Islamic State

December 23, 2014 8:15 PM

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From a remote desert mountaintop in Iraq, Kurds battle to free a town held by Islamic State

FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014 file photo, Yazidi fighters gather on the summit of Mount Sinjar as they head to battle Islamic State militants, in Iraq. The Islamic State group swept into Sinjar town and surrounding villages in early August, part of their blitzkrieg across northern Iraq. The advance of the extremists struck particular fear here. Much of the population come from the minority Yazidi religious community, a tiny sect that the Sunni Muslim radicals consider heretics. Hundreds were killed. Hundreds of Yazidi women and girls were taken captive by the militants, turned into sex slaves or forcibly “married” to IS supporters in Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Dalton Bennett, File) (The Associated Press)

FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014 photo, Iraqi Kurdish forces head to battle Islamic State militants, on the summit of Mount Sinjar, in Iraq. The Islamic State group swept into Sinjar town and surrounding villages in early August, part of their blitzkrieg across northern Iraq. The advance of the ...

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