Kurdish Peshmerga forces say they have regained control over many parts around Sinjar. ISIL had been in control of the town, located about 125 kilometres west of Mosul.
In the Syrian town of Kobane, along the Turkish border, fighting is still continuing against ISIL, with no breakthrough in sight.
Turkey, though it's been reluctant to fight the armed group, has pledged to cooperate with Iraq on ISIL.
But what does it really take to defeat this group?
Presenter: Hazem Sika
Cengiz Aktar - Professor of Political Science at the Istanbul Policy Center
Elias Hanna - Retired Army General with the Lebanese Army and Military and Security Analyst
Noreldin Waisy - Kurdish Journalist and Political Analyst
Source: Al Jazeera