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Friday, 13 November 2015 - 12:42
Kurds launch offensive to take Sinjar from ISIS
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Iraqi Kurdish forces backed by US-led air strikes blocked a key Islamic State group supply line with Syria as they fought to retake the town of Sinjar from the jihadists.

A permanent cut in the supply line would hamper IS's ability to move fighters and supplies between northern Iraq and Syria, where the jihadists hold significant territory and have declared a "caliphate".

Retaking Sinjar -- where IS carried out a brutal campaign of killings, enslavement and rape against the Yazidi minority, members of which are now battling for the town -- would also be an important symbolic victory.

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