Iraqi Kurdish forces take part in an operation backed by US-led strikes in the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar on November 12, 2015, to retake the town from the Islamic State group and cut a key supply line to Syria. AFP PHOTO / SAFIN HAMED
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Supported by U.S.-led airstrikes, Iraqi Kurdish troops Thursday handed ISIS a second defeat by seizing part of a supply route between the group's two main strongholds in Iraq and Syria, just two days after the extremists lost their foothold around a key Syrian military air base by regime forces.A military source told AFP that regime troops and allied forces were in "full control" of Al-Hader, a town around 25 kilometers south of Syria's second city Aleppo.After taking Al-Hader, Syrian forces and allied fighters quickly advanced west, entering the town of Al-Eis, it added.Hours into Thursday's operation, the Kurdish Regional Security Council said its forces controlled a section of Highway 47, which passes by Sinjar and indirectly links the militants' two biggest strongholds – Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in northern Iraq – as a route for goods, weapons and fighters.
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