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Kurds Face IS Resistance in Iraq       12/22 07:06

   Kurdish fighters in Iraq have pushed deeper into the town of Sinjar, held by 
the Islamic State group, but are facing stiff resistance from the Sunni 
militants who captured it in August.

   SINJAR, Iraq (AP) -- Kurdish fighters in Iraq have pushed deeper into the 
town of Sinjar, held by the Islamic State group, but are facing stiff 
resistance from the Sunni militants who captured it in August.

   One of the fighters, Bakhil Elias, says clashes overnight and on Monday have 
been "fierce" and that IS militants are using snipers. At least two Kurdish 
peshmerga fighters have been killed by snipers and 25 were wounded in the 
latest fighting.

   Large plumes of black smoke are billowing into the sky from inside the town.

   The Kurdish forces say the militants are burning tires and oil to create a 
smoke screen with the thick dark clouds and obstruct airstrikes against their 
positions by the U.S-led coalition.

   Last week, the Kurdish peshmerga fighters launched the operation to retake 
Sinjar.   


(KA)


 
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