Kurds expect to enter and clear Sinjar soon

Smoke rises from the site of U.S.-led air strikes in the town of SinjarBy Isabel Coles NEAR SINJAR TOWN, Iraq (Reuters) – Kurdish forces who have launched an offensive to retake Sinjar from Islamic State militants expect to enter and clear the northern Iraqi town soon, the Kurdistan regional security council said on Thursday. More than 150 square km (58 square miles) have been seized from the ultrahardline Sunni group and dozens of bodies of its fighters were left behind in a retreat from parts of Sinjar, it added. Backed by U.S.-led coalition air strikes, Kurdish peshmerga fighters reached Sinjar from the east and west, the council said.

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