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Iraq forces recapture ISIS-held town: officials

Fighters from the Iraqi pro-government forces walk down a road as they head towards the town of al-Bashir, near Kirkuk, during an operation to retake it from the Islamic State group (IS), on April 30, 2016. Iraqi forces launched a final assault Saturday to retake the Turkmen majority town of Bashir from the Islamic State jihadist group, Kurdish authorities said. "Bashir village is surrounded and 80 percent has been cleared," the Kurdistan Region Security Council said on social media. Turkmen uni

 

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