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Peshmergas recapture Christian town from Daesh in Iraq

Daesh had briefly overtaken Tel Skuf in 2014, but town later fell back into hands of peshmerga forces

03.05.2016
Peshmergas recapture Christian town from Daesh in Iraq   ( Hajar Reşit - Anadolu Agency)

By Khedr Khalat

BAGHDAD

The Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces have recaptured a Christian-majority town in northern Iraq from the Daesh terrorist group, which had briefly taken over the town, a Kurdish officer said on Tuesday.

Peshmerga forces, backed by Christian fighters and coalition airstrikes, have regained control of the northern town of Tel Skuf, 30 kilometers north of Mosul, Kurdish officer Shirzad Zakholi told Anadolu Agency.

According to Zakholi, at least 40 Daesh terrorists were killed in the clashes.

Zakholi said that U.S.-led coalition warplanes have carried out several raids on Daesh in the town.

Iraq has been dogged by rampant insecurity since 2014, when Daesh overran Mosul and declared a self-styled “caliphate” in parts of Iraq and Syria.

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