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Kurdish fighters have regained control of Makhmour in northern Iraq from the Islamic State group.
Last updated: 13 Aug 2014 09:12
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Makhmour, Iraq - The Kurdish military forces known as Peshmerga have regained control of important cities previously held by the Islamic State group in Iraq's Kurdish region, including the strategically important village of Makhmour, 50km north of Erbil.

Islamic State fighters attacked and captured Makhmour on August 7. Located just south of the Turkish border, the village was once home to 12,000 Kurdish citizens of Turkey. 

Elsewhere, tens of thousands of members of Iraq's religious minorities, including Yazidi and Christian Iraqis, fled their homes after the Islamic State group's advances.

This week, the United States launched air strikes on Islamic State targets in the Kurdish region.

On August 10, American fighter jets could be heard and seen bombing areas in Makhmour. By the early afternoon, Islamic State fighters had abandoned their positions, and Kurdish forces were seen reclaiming the village.

The Peshmerga forces were joined by fighters from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and civilian volunteers from the area.


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A volunteer in Kurdish forces stands guard on the roof of a building on the outskirts of Makhmour. The Kurdish Peshmerga have prohibited young volunteers from joining the fight against the Islamic State group.



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Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers have fought alongside Kurdish police, fighters from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), and Iraqi SWAT teams in Makhmour.



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Kurdish Peshmerga and civilian volunteer fighters prepare for battle on the frontline in Makhmour, 50km from the capital of Iraq's Kurdish region, Erbil.



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Kurdish Peshmergafighters prepare mortar attacks to provide support for frontline fighters. After days of intense fighting against the Islamic State group, they regained control of the village.



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A PKK fighter rests in an abandoned building on the outskirts of Makhmour. The village was home to several thousands of Turkish citizens who fled when Islamic State fighters arrived.



/Zmnako Ismael/Al Jazeera

A wounded Kurdish Peshmerga fighter receives treatment from an ambulance crew on the frontline in Makhmour.



/Zmnako Ismael/Al Jazeera

The United States authorised air strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq's Kurdish region. This helped Kurdish forces retake some areas previously under Islamic State control.



/Zmnako Ismael/Al Jazeera

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters celebrate after regaining control of the police headquarters in Makhmour.



/Zmnako Ismael/Al Jazeera

Members of the Kurdish Peshmerga and Iraqi police remove the Islamic State group's black flag from the roof of the police headquarters in Makhmour.



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Kurdish Peshmerga fighters stand guard after retaking the village.




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Kurdish Peshmerga and civilian volunteer fighters prepare for battle on the frontline in Makhmour, 50km from the capital of Iraq(***)s Kurdish region, Erbil.

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Kurdish Peshmergafighters prepare mortar attacks to provide support for frontline fighters. After days of intense fighting against the Islamic State group, they regained control of the village.

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A PKK fighter rests in an abandoned building on the outskirts of Makhmour. The village was home to several thousands of Turkish citizens who fled when Islamic State fighters arrived.

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A wounded Kurdish Peshmerga fighter receives treatment from an ambulance crew on the frontline in Makhmour.

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The United States authorised air strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq(***)s Kurdish region. This helped Kurdish forces retake some areas previously under Islamic State control.

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Kurdish Peshmerga fighters celebrate after regaining control of the police headquarters in Makhmour.

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Members of the Kurdish Peshmerga and Iraqi police remove the Islamic State group(***)s black flag from the roof of the police headquarters in Makhmour.

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Kurdish Peshmerga fighters stand guard after retaking the village.

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A man who volunteered with Kurdish forces stands guard on top of a building on the outskirts of Makhmour on August 10. The Kurdish Peshmerga have prohibited young volunteers from joining the fight against the Islamic State group.

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A man who volunteered with Kurdish forces stands guard on top of a building on the outskirts of Makhmour on August 10. The Kurdish Peshmerga have prohibited young volunteers from joining the fight against the Islamic State group.

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Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers have fought alongside Kurdish police, Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) fighters, and Iraqi SWAT teams in Makhmour.

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Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers have fought alongside Kurdish police, Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) fighters, and Iraqi SWAT teams in Makhmour.

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Kurdish Peshmerga and civilian volunteer fighters prepare for battle at the frontline in Makhmour, about 30km from Erbil, the capital of Iraq's Kurdish region.

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Kurdish Peshmerga and civilian volunteer fighters prepare for battle at the frontline in Makhmour, about 30km from Erbil, the capital of Iraq's Kurdish region.

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Kurdish Peshmerga get ready for mortar attacks that plan to be used to support frontline fighters. After days of intense fighting against the Islamic State group, they re-gained control of the village.

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Kurdish Peshmerga get ready for mortar attacks that plan to be used to support frontline fighters. After days of intense fighting against the Islamic State group, they re-gained control of the village.

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A PKK fighter rests in an abandoned building on the outskirts of Makhmour. The village was home to several thousands Turkish citizens who fled when Islamic State fighters arrived.

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A PKK fighter rests in an abandoned building on the outskirts of Makhmour. The village was home to several thousands Turkish citizens who fled when Islamic State fighters arrived.

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A wounded Kurdish Peshmerga fighter receives treatment from an ambulance crew at the front lines in Makhmour.

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A wounded Kurdish Peshmerga fighter receives treatment from an ambulance crew at the front lines in Makhmour.

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The United States authorised air strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq's Kurdish region. This helped Kurdish forces retake some areas previously under Islamic State control.

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The United States authorised air strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq's Kurdish region. This helped Kurdish forces retake some areas previously under Islamic State control.

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Kurdish Peshmerga forces celebrate after regaining control of the police directorate in Makhmour.

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Kurdish Peshmerga forces celebrate after regaining control of the police directorate in Makhmour.

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Members of the Kurdish Peshmerga and Iraqi police take the Islamic State group's black flag off the roof of the police directorate in Makhmour.

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Members of the Kurdish Peshmerga and Iraqi police take the Islamic State group's black flag off the roof of the police directorate in Makhmour.

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Kurdish Peshmerga stand guard after returning the village to their control.

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Kurdish Peshmerga stand guard after returning the village to their control.



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