Iraq retakes town from ISIS

Photo: Iraq retakes town from ISIS
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Iraqi Kurdish forces and Shiite militiamen retook the town of Sulaiman Bek from militants Monday, removing a key stronghold they have held for over 11 weeks, officials said.

"Sulaiman Bek is under the control of the combined forces," but there is still danger from bombs the militants may have left behind, said Shallal Abdul-Baban, the official responsible for the nearby Tuz Khurmatu area, AFP reported.

Fighting to retake the village of Yankaja, also located in Salahuddin province, northeast of Baghdad, was ongoing, Baban said.

A colonel in the Kurdish peshmerga forces and Talib al-Bayati, the top official from Sulaiman Bek, both confirmed that it had been retaken, adding that it had been an important position for the militants.

The town is located near Amerli, where thousands of mainly Shiite Turkmen civilians were trapped by a jihadist siege until Iraqi forces broke through Sunday.

The Amerli operation was the government's biggest offensive success since militants led by ISIS captured a huge chunk of northern and north-central Iraq in June.

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