Kurdish forces take control of Sinjar

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have pushed out Islamic State forces in the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar.

This just one day after Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, along with volunteers from the Yazidi minority, and backed by US airstrikes, launched a mass offensive to retake the strategic town near the Syrian border.

“IS defeated and on the run” the Kurdistan regional security council tweeted. Local reports say that Kurdish forces entered the town center without opposition.

Minor clashes were reported in connection with the overtaking, but it seems IS forces withdrew from the town in anticipation of the Kurdish offensive.