Sunni insurgents, Kurds battle over north Iraq town




 
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August 3rd, 2014  
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Topic: Sunni insurgents, Kurds battle over north Iraq town


Islamic State militants fought Kurdish forces on Saturday for the northern Iraqi town of Zumar located near an oil field and the Syrian border amid conflicting reports of who was in control. Jabbar Yawar, secretary general of the Kurdish peshmerga fighters, said his forces controlled Zumar and reinforcements were on the way. "Many Islamic State vehicles are wandering the town of Zumar and I can also see the flags on top of buildings," said one resident. The group formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant staged a lighting advance through northern Iraq in June, seizing large swathes of land in the biggest challenge to the government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

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