Kurdish fighters advanced on the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq and Syria on Saturday, pushing into the contested, refugee-packed Sinjar mountains and gaining ground in the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani after heavy clashes, Kurdish officials and an activist group said.
US and allied warplanes have carried out 61 air strikes against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq since Monday, including dozens in support of Kurdish forces, the military said Wednesday.
Nobel peace prize winners on Sunday expressed deep concern about the growing threat of conflict, including nuclear war, and “a new and more dangerous Cold War”.
Islamic State group militants shot down an Iraqi military helicopter, officials said Saturday, killing the two pilots onboard and raising fresh concerns about the extremists’ ability to attack aircraft amid ongoing US-led coalition airstrikes.
Islamic State fighters have lost the initiative in Iraq and are now “on defense” with far less ability to generate the kind of ground maneuvers that enabled the extremists to capture large chunks of Iraq earlier this year, a senior U.S. general said Monday.