Kurdish forces surrendered the town of Sinjar in northern Iraq Tuesday, a day after Iraqi forces swept into the oil-rich city of Kirkuk.
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It was the second combat death of an American service member in Iraq since the start of the US campaign to fight the Islamic State.
Hundreds of people have reportedly fled their homes in the small town of Taza, near Kirkuk in northern Iraq, after the Islamic State launched two attacks using chemical weapons.
The operation took place at a prison compound in the town of Hawija on Thursday that was planned by Kurdish forces with the support of American military forces, who were ultimately drawn in when the Kurds began to incur casualties.
The Kurds have been fiercely defending the city of Kirkuk since last summer, holding ground that they insist they will never surrender to the Islamic State terror insurgency.
An explosion appears to launch a car several hundred feet in the air, causing it to spin and flip as it descends before erupting into flames.
Local sources claim the militant group raided various schools in the northern Iraqi city, reportedly taking them to unidentified child training camps.
The Islamic State recently attacked Peshmerga fighters in Sinjar, and also attempted to storm the Ain al-Asad Air Base, where hundreds of US Marines are training Iraqi troops.