Iraq forces recapture Islamic State-held town: officials

BASHIR: Iraqi Kurdish and Turkmen Shiite forces have recaptured the town of Bashir from the Islamic State jihadist group, officials said on Sunday.

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Pressure for an operation to retake the town had grown in March after IS launched a chemical attack from Bashir on the nearby town of Taza that killed at least three children.

Kurdish peshmerga forces and Turkmen forces from the Popular Mobilisation units, a militia umbrella organisation, took part in the operation, officials said.

Peshmerga and Turkmen forces completed operations to recapture Bashir as well as several nearby villages, said Asso Mamand, an official from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan Party.

Abu Ridha al-Najjar, a Turkmen commander, also confirmed that Bashir was recaptured, as did the Kurdistan Regional Security Council.

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Iraq forces recapture Islamic State-held town: officials

by AFP