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Iraqi, Kurdish Forces Advance on Besieged Northern Town

Iraqi and Kurdish forces have launched a major offensive aimed at liberating a northern town besieged by extremist fighters for more than two months. Sources say the Iraqi troops and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters were advancing Saturday from four directions on the northern town of Amerli, which has been largely cut off from water, food and other supplies since June. Armed fighters in the town of 15,000 residents have so far been able to defend against Islamic State militants, who view the...

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