Kurds Take the Offensive against the Islamic State

Today more than 7,000 soldiers of the Kurdish military – known as the Peshmerga – launched an offensive against the Islamic State. Along with the help of U.S. airstrikes, they hope to retake the pivotal northern Iraqi city of Sinjar.
The campaign is important both strategically and symbolically – strategically because it runs along Highway 47 connecting the Islamic State capital of Raaqa in Syria with Iraq’s second largest city Mosul. If the Kurds retake the city it will cut off this vital ISIS supply route.