Iraqi security forces and Kurds gain ground against Islamic State

Shi'ite fighters and Iraqi army members ride in vehicles during a patrol in Jurf al-SakharBy Ahmed Rasheed and Isabel Coles BAGHDAD/ARBIL Iraq (Reuters) – Iraqi government forces and Shi'ite militias seized control of the strategic town of Jurf al-Sakhar near Baghdad from Islamic State on Saturday and Kurdish fighters made gains in the north after heavy coalition air strikes against the Sunni militants. Iraqi troops and their Shi'ite allies broke the grip of Islamic State in Jurf al-Sakhar after months of fighting against insurgents determined to march on the capital. …


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