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Iraqi forces make gains against ISIS, official says
CNN ^ | August 22, 2014 -- Updated 1744 GMT | Jason Hanna and Hamdi Alkhshali

Posted on 08/22/2014 11:37:02 AM PDT by GonzoII

(CNN) -- Kurdish and Iraqi armed forces made gains against ISIS fighters in northeastern Iraq on Friday, taking back several villages as they surrounded the large ISIS-held town of Jalawla, a spokesman for Kurdish forces said.

And the U.S. military said its aircraft continued attacking ISIS forces Friday near Mosul Dam, where Iraqi forces are expanding control of the area after retaking the dam this month.

Those are some of the latest developments in the push by Iraqi and Kurdish forces -- in some cases boosted by U.S. air support and airstrikes since August 8 -- to push back the extremist Sunni Muslim militant group, which calls itself the Islamic State and controls large swaths of northern Iraq and eastern Syria.


Kurdish forces, known as the Peshmerga, and Iraqi commandos inflicted heavy losses against ISIS on Friday as they took back a number of towns and villages around Jalawla in Diyala province, Pershmerga spokesman Brig. Gen. Halgord Hikmat told CNN.

Jalawla, a mostly Kurdish town of about 50,000 people roughly 70 miles northeast of Baghdad, was taken by ISIS earlier this year. Kurdish and Iraqi forces now surround it, Hikmat said.

ISIS, through one of its official Twitter accounts, said Friday that more than 50 of its fighters were killed while defending Jalwala "against the Peshmerga mercenaries."

A subsequent tweet said the group vowed revenge.

Hikmat said Peshmerga and Iraqi forces had U.S. air support, but did not elaborate.

In neighboring Salaheddin province, also north of Baghdad, Iraqi helicopters on Friday killed 30 ISIS fighters in the town of Dhuluiya, about 70 kilometers northeast of Baquba, Iraqi security officials told CNN.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iraq; isis; peshmerga
Drive on!
1 posted on 08/22/2014 11:37:02 AM PDT by GonzoII
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To: GonzoII

I love the Kurds!

2 posted on 08/22/2014 11:51:27 AM PDT by freepertoo
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To: GonzoII


3 posted on 08/22/2014 11:58:38 AM PDT by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is NOT BLISS. It is the ROAD TO SERFDOM! We're on a ROAD TRIP!!)
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To: GonzoII

These goons can be rolled. The Taliban have more terrorists (app. 20,000 vs. 15,000 for ISIL) and neither are that organized. Sharia law and the Koran are not sufficient organizing principals for a nation as PIAPS would put it.

4 posted on 08/22/2014 11:59:36 AM PDT by quantumman
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To: GonzoII

ISIS is pulling forces back to Syria, safe from US warplanes, to make a push for the Mediterranean coast.

5 posted on 08/22/2014 12:10:03 PM PDT by Chad_the_Impaler
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"safe from US warplanes"

For how long I wonder?

6 posted on 08/22/2014 12:21:49 PM PDT by GonzoII ("If the new crime be, to believe in God, let us all be criminals" -Sheen)
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7 posted on 08/22/2014 12:25:14 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (In America, we don't do pin pricks. But sometimes we elect them.)
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