Iraqi forces supported by militias and local recruits are said to have liberated the town of Duluiya from control of Islamic extremists known as ISIL.
Duluiya lies some 70 kilometres north of Baghdad.
However fierce fighting is continuing in the area and latest reports say the jihadists have seized back parts of the town.
Despite US-led military intervention territory is regularly switching hands between the two sides..
In Syria Kurdish fighters have called for help as they try to defend Kobani which lies near the Turkish border.
After days of shelling ISIL is said to have entered the southeastern edge of the Syrian city.
Around 180,000 people have fled into Turkey to escape the fighting around Kobani.
After missiles hit a Turkish house early on Sunday, the area is said to have been evacuated.
Turkey’s government has so far taken a back seat in the battle against ISIL but it has vowed to protect its own borders.
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