Finally a break through on the Sinjar mountain siege.
Kurdish peshmerga fighters have fought their way to Iraq’s Sinjar mountain and freed hundreds of people trapped there by Islamic State fighters, a Kurdish leader said on Thursday.
“The peshmerga have managed to reach the mountain. A vast area has been liberated,” said Masrour Barzani, head of the Iraqi Kurdish region’s national security council, adding that 100 Islamic State fighters had been killed.
“Now a corridor is open and hopefully the rest of the (Sinjar) region will be freed from Islamic State.”
The assault, backed by U.S. air strikes, ended the months-long ordeal of hundreds of people from Iraq’s Yazidi religious minority, who had been besieged on the mountain since Islamic State stormed Sinjar and other Kurdish-controlled parts of northern Iraq in August.
“All those Yazidis that were trapped on the mountain are now free,” Barzani said.
The peshmerga had not yet begun to evacuate them, he added.
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