London, Aug 30 ANI | 1 year ago

Kurdish forces claimed that they have recaptured oilfields from Islamic State (IS) militants in northern Iraq near Mosul.

The area has been under IS militants recently after they started capturing large swathes of Iraq and Syria.

Iraqi and Kurdish forces, backed by U.S. airstrikes, have regained some control over the area including the important Mosul dam.

Around 1.2 million Iraqis have fled from their homes due to violence in northern Iraq.

According to the BBC, people from Yazidi and Christian minority in the area have been entirely removed by the extremists group.

Shia Iraqis have also been forced to flee since the Islamic State does not consider them true Muslims.

(Posted on 30-08-2014)

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