The Re-Taking of Sinjar, Iraq

Late last week, Iraqi Kurdish militias, backed by a U.S.-led air campaign, launched an assault to retake the town of Sinjar in northern Iraq. The Islamic State's capture of Sinjar in August of 2014 left many people dead, and caused tens of thousands of Yazidis to flee into the neighboring mountains. Thousands of Kurdish Peshmerga and Yazidi fighters entered Sinjar last Thursday after the airstrikes. Yazidis celebrated the news, but photographs show that months of warfare have left little of the town standing intact. Kurdish forces are now taking efforts to set up a wide buffer zone to try and protect Sinjar from future attacks.

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