RECLAIMING GROUND
Coalition forces advise Kurdish soldiers during an 18-day battalion combined arms exercise at Erbil, Iraq, July 14, 2015.
Coalition forces advise Kurdish soldiers during an 18-day battalion combined arms exercise at Erbil, Iraq, July 14, 2015.
Army photo by Cpl. Nelson Rodriguez

Kurdish Forces Aim To Take Back Sinjar

Posted on
T&P on Facebook

On Nov. 12, Kurdish troops led a ground offensive to take back the Iraqi town of Sinjar from the Islamic State. Backed by U.S. airstrikes, the siege to reclaim the strategic city is expected to take two to four days.

The ground offensive includes up to 7,500 Kurdish fighters, known as Peshmerga. According to the Kurdish Security Council, they have gained control of three villages.

In Aug. 2014, Sinjar was made into a symbol of Islamic State brutality when thousands of Yazidis, a small religious sect, were killed and women were forced into sexual slavery.

Get the full story at USA Today.