Kurdish forces, Islamic State clash near Arbil

Reuters, Hürriyet Daily News, Augst 6 2014:  “Kurdish forces, Islamic State clash near Arbil”

Kurdish forces attacked Islamic State fighters on Aug. 6 just 40 kilometers southwest of the Kurdish regional capital of Arbil in northern Iraq, a senior Kurdish official told Reuters.

The attack came after Islamic State militants inflicted a humiliating defeat on the Kurds on Aug. 3 with a rapid advance through three towns, prompting Iraq’s prime minister to order his air force for the first time to back the Kurdish forces.

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