Iraq government forces, militias take control of strategic town Jurf al-Sakhar

Iraqi government forces and Shi'ite militias took control of the strategic town of Jurf al-Sakhar.

By: Reuters | Cairo | Updated: October 26, 2014 1:18 am
Iraqi government forces and Shi'ite militias took control of the strategic town of Jurf al-Sakhar. Iraqi government forces and Shi’ite militias took control of the strategic town of Jurf al-Sakhar.

Iraqi government forces and Shi’ite militias took control of the strategic town of Jurf al-Sakhar just south of Baghdad on Saturday.

They took control of the town breaking the grip of Islamic State militants after months of fighting, security officials said.

The officials said the Sunni insurgents fled to two nearby villages and were still attacking with sniper fire and mortars and government forces were preparing for a major overnight operation against them.

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