IS siege of Mount Sinjar broken: Iraqi Kurd official

A Peshmerga fighter stands behind sandbags at a checkpoint, in Zummar city in the northern Iraqi Governorate of Nineveh, on December 18, 2014A broad peshmerga operation backed by US-led air strikes broke the Islamic State group’s weeks-old siege of Iraq’s Mount Sinjar on Thursday, a top Iraqi Kurdistan security official said. “Peshmerga forces have reached Mount Sinjar, the siege on the mountain has been lifted,” Masrour Barzani, the chancellor of the Kurdistan Regional Security Council, told reporters from an operations centre near the border with Syria. A statement from Barzani’s office said the operation launched by the peshmerga on Wednesday morning had been one of the most successful so far against the Islamic State (IS) group. It said the siege was broken at 1530 GMT and was the conclusion of an operation involving 8,000 peshmerga forces.

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