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Iraq jihadists seize another town from Kurdish forces

Published on Aug 3, 2014 10:07 PM
 
Kurdish "Peshmerga" troops move down a street during an intensive security deployment after clashes with militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), in Jalawla, Diyala province on July 12, 2014. Jihadists raised their black flag in Iraq's northern town of Sinjar on Sunday in a second-straight day of advances against Kurdish forces, sparking mass displacement the United Nations called a humanitarian tragedy. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq (AFP) - Jihadists raised their black flag in Iraq's northern town of Sinjar on Sunday in a second-straight day of advances against Kurdish forces, sparking mass displacement the United Nations called a humanitarian tragedy.

The Islamic State's (IS') capture of Sinjar raised fears for minority groups that had found refuge there and further blurs the border between the Syrian and Iraqi parts of the "caliphate" which the IS declared in June.

"The (Kurdish) peshmerga have withdrawn from Sinjar, Daash has entered the city," Kurdish official Kheiri Sinjari told AFP, using the former Arabic acronym for the IS. "They have raised their flag above government buildings," the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) party official said.

Other officials confirmed the fall of the town between the Syrian border and Mosul, which is Iraq's second city and has been the IS hub there since it launched a major onslaught on June 9.

 
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