Smoke screens and snipers: Islamic State resists Kurdish fighters in Sinjar

Last week, the Kurdish peshmerga fighters launched the operation to retake Sinjar.

hidden December 22, 2014 18:16:29 IST
Smoke screens and snipers: Islamic State resists Kurdish fighters in Sinjar

Sinjar, Iraq: Kurdish fighters in Iraq have pushed deeper into the town of Sinjar, held by the Islamic State group, but are facing stiff resistance from the Sunni militants who captured it in August.

One of the fighters, Bakhil Elias, says clashes overnight and on Monday have been "fierce" and that Islamic State militants are using snipers. At least two Kurdish peshmerga fighters have been killed by snipers and 25 were wounded in the latest fighting.

Smoke screens and snipers Islamic State resists Kurdish fighters in Sinjar

Islamic State fighters in a recent video. AFP

Large plumes of black smoke are billowing into the sky from inside the town.

The Kurdish forces say the militants are burning tires and oil to create a smoke screen with the thick dark clouds and obstruct airstrikes against their positions by the US-led coalition.

Last week, the Kurdish peshmerga fighters launched the operation to retake Sinjar.

AP

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