Iraqi Kurds claim advances against Islamic State near Mosul

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Erbil, Iraq (dpa) – Iraqi Kurdish forces Sunday said they have recaptured six villages from Islamic State, some 40 kilometres south-west of the extremist group’s stronghold of Mosul. The Kurdish Peshmerga military said their forces were continuing to advance in an offensive launched early Sunday morning from the Khazir and Makhmour areas. The Peshmerga announcement comes…