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US Airstrikes Aid Kurds in Iraq Fighting to Retake Sinjar

Kurdish fighters backed by U.S. airstrikes recaptured some areas around the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar from the Islamic State group after launching a new operation Thursday. Kurdish officials said their forces were in control of villages on either side of the town and had taken control of a key road on the route between Islamic State-held Mosul to the east and the group's self-proclaimed capital to the west in Raqqa, Syria. The route, known as Highway 47, is used by the Islamic...

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