Iraqi Kurdish son of Hama Sour (L) works at his father's workshop where they repair all types of weapons for Kurdish Peshmerga fighters fighting against ISIS. AFP PHOTO / SAFIN HAMED
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Kurdish forces said they drove ISIS out of several villages near the oil city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq Wednesday after U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeted insurgent positions overnight.It also brought the peshmerga, the military forces of Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region, closer to the insurgents' bastion of Hawijah.Kurdish counter-terrorism forces said in a statement they, along with the peshmerga, had driven the militants out of four villages southwest of Kirkuk.The Kurds took full control of Kirkuk last summer when Iraqi soldiers abandoned their bases in and around the city as ISIS militants overran around a third of the country including Hawijah, around 55 km (34 miles) to the west.Apart from the gains around Kirkuk, the front-line between peshmerga and ISIS has hardly moved for months.
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