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Kurds and Yazidi fighters drive ISIL out of Sinjar

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By Euronews
Kurds and Yazidi fighters drive ISIL out of Sinjar

Kurdish and Yazidi fighters have regained control of Sinjar driving the ISIL occupiers out.

The operation to retake the strategic town began on Thursday with coalition air strikes against ISIL positions.

The ground offensive saw 7,500 Peshmerga and Yazidi forces unite to force ISIL to flee.

The president of Iraqi Kurdistan Massoud Barzani indicated the fight against ISIL is far from over: “Without doubt, any victory in any area will have a big impact on achieving victory in the remaining areas. And without doubt the liberation of Sinjar will have a big impact on the liberation of Mosul too, God willing.”

The victorious forces then immediately sealed off Highway 47, a vital supply route linking ISIL held Mosul in Iraq to the movements de facto capital Raqqa in Syria.

The success of the operation will be keenly felt by the Yazadi community after thousands were either killed or enslaved after ISIL captured the territory last August.

Those Yazidi that escaped were trapped on Mount Sinjar without food or water.

The potential for genocide prompted the US to launch air strikes in Iraq.