Iraqi Kurdish fighters, aka Peshmerga, have launched a major offensive to recapture the northern town of Sinjar from ISIL Takfiri terrorists.
“The Peshmerga launched today (Saturday) an attack from different directions to liberate Sinjar from the (ISIL) organization and are making an advance,” a Kurdish official said on condition of anonymity.
The Kurdish forces targeted a number of militant positions with heavy weapons, inflicting casualties on ISIL militants, he added.
In August, the ISIL seized Sinjar, near the Syrian border, from the Peshmerga, and forced an exodus of its mostly Izadi Kurdish inhabitants.
The Takfiri militants also executed dozens of residents following the takeover of the town.
Nearly 60 percent of Sinjar is currently seized by the ISIL terrorists who are capable of brining reinforcements from their bases in northern Syria.
The development comes a day after a contingent of Peshmerga fighters reportedly entered the northern Syrian border city of Kobani to join the fight against the ISIL.
On Friday, Iraqi soldiers, backed by volunteer forces, liberated two areas in the northern strategic oil town of Baiji from the ISIL.
Iraqi army soldiers have been fighting the ISIL terrorists for nearly six months now.