Report: Islamic State removed from Yazidi villages west of Mosul

November 14, 2016 19:03

A mixed Kurdish and Yazidi armed force said on Monday it had dislodged Islamic State (IS) militants from five Yazidi villages west of Mosul in an offensive that began on Saturday.

It coincided with a larger, ongoing Iraqi government and Kurdish offensive to recapture Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, from IS (IS) with aerial support from the US-led military coalition. Iranian-backed Shi'ite Muslim militias are also in the Mosul campaign, battling IS (IS) to the west of the city.Islamic State overran the five villages in 2014 when it swept over Sinjar mountain and the surrounding region inhabited by Yazidis, killing, capturing and enslaving thousands from the Iraqi religious minority.

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