Peshmerga forces raised a Kurdish flag in the center of Sinjar on Friday, having seemingly pushed out ISIL fighters from the strategically important northern Iraqi town.
It follows a major offensive to retake the town, assisted by U.S. airstrikes and American ground troops in an advisory role, the Pentagon said. Sinjar was seized by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) last year in a push that resulted in tens of thousands of Yazidis fleeing. Speaking Friday, Massud Barzani, the president of the Iraqi Kurdish region, announced the town's 'liberation.'
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.