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Iraq jihadists seize another town from Kurdish forces

A member of Kurdish Peshmerga forces scans the area during clashes with jihadist militants near the northern Iraqi village of Bashir (Basheer), on August 2, 2014Jihadists raised their black flag in Iraq’s northern town of Sinjar Sunday in a second straight day of advances against Kurdish forces, sparking mass displacement the UN called a humanitarian tragedy. The Islamic State’s capture of Sinjar raised fears for minority groups that had found refuge there and further blurs the border between the Syrian and Iraqi parts of the “caliphate” which the IS declared in June. “The (Kurdish) peshmerga have withdrawn from Sinjar, Daash has entered the city,” Kurdish official Kheiri Sinjari told AFP, using the former Arabic acronym for the IS. Other officials confirmed the fall of the town between the Syrian border and Mosul, which is Iraq’s second city and has been the IS hub there since it launched a major onslaught on June 9.

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