Kurdish Forces Enter Sinjar

Kurdish Forces Enter Sinjar

Kurdish Peshmerga, supported by U.S. air support and Yazidi militias, have cut off a major Islamic State supply line and entered the city of Sinjar. The fall of Sinjar and threat to displaced Christian civilians prompted the initial U.S. intervention against the Islamic State in Iraq in Summer 2014. “That’s my home, you know,” a Yazidi fighter told BuzzFeed News. “Today I’m just smiling.” Peshmerga have raised Kurdish flags over major buildings, but there are still concerns that the city may contain tripwire bombs and other traps. Farther south, the Iraqi military said it has begun operations to retake the city of Ramadi, attacking the city from the north and southwest.

In Syria, a U.S. drone strike targeted a vehicle in Raqqa believed to contain Mohammed Emwazi, better known as “Jihadi John,” a British member of the Islamic State who has conducted executions for the group. It is unclear if he was killed in the strike.

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