Kurds say joint raid with U.S. in Iraq aimed to free their fighters




 
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Kurds say joint raid with U.S. in Iraq aimed to free their fighters
 
October 23rd, 2015  
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Kurds say joint raid with U.S. in Iraq aimed to free their fighters
By Isabel Coles and Stephen Kalin ERBIL/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. special forces who raided a prison compound in northern Iraq were acting on intelligence that Kurdish fighters were being held there by Islamic State, a source in the Kurdistan Region Security Council said on Friday. One U.S. commando was killed, the first American to die in ground combat with Islamic State militants. The joint operation highlighted the status of Kurdish peshmerga fighters as key allies of the U.S.-led coalition against the militants, also known as ISIL, who control large swathes of Iraq and neighboring Syria.

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