Iraqi Kurdish forces retake town from jihadists

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter man a firing position on the frontline in the Gwer district, 40 kilometres south of Arbil, northern Iraq, on October 5, 2014Iraqi Kurdish forces on Saturday retook the northern town of Zumar from Islamic State (IS) group jihadists after weeks of fighting, a senior officer said. “After clashes that began this morning and with American air support, we were able to force (IS) militants from the centre” of Zumar and 11 surrounding villages, Major General Karim Atuti of the peshmerga security forces told AFP. Kurdish forces have since regained some ground, but it has been slow going, and IS still holds significant areas in northern Iraq and elsewhere in the country.

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