Iraq Kurd leader announces 'liberation' of Sinjar from IS

An Iraqi Yazidi man who fled to Iraq's Mosul province from violence between Islamic State (IS) jihadists and Peshmerga fighters, watches smoke billow during the operation in Sinjar on November 12, 2015Iraqi Kurdish forces entered Sinjar Friday in a major operation backed by US-led strikes to retake the town made infamous by the Islamic State group’s massacre of members of the Yazidi minority. “I am here to announce the liberation of Sinjar,” Iraqi Kurdish regional president Massud Barzani announced at a news conference near the northern town. The operation, which is led by the autonomous Kurdish region’s peshmerga forces and also involves Yazidi fighters, had already succeeded in cutting a key jihadist supply line running past the town to neighbouring Syria.

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