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Kurdish forces hold Iraqi border crossing with Syria

English.news.cn   2014-06-15 18:54:30
• The Kurdish security forces took control of the crossing point of Rabia with Syria since Tuesday.
• The militants fired mortar rounds, leaving at least five people killed and some 35 others wounded.
• Large parts of Nineveh are now in the hands of militant groups.
 
 

 BAGHDAD, June 15 (Xinhua) -- Kurdish forces took control of a border crossing point with Syria, while Iraqi security forces fought insurgent groups who were trying to seize an ethnically mixed city in the country's northern province of Nineveh, military sources said on Sunday.

The Kurdish security forces, known as Peshmerga, took control of the crossing point of Rabia with Syria since Tuesday, after the Iraqi security source withdrew from many parts of Nineveh province, a Kurdish security source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

However, the other side of the border crossing point, al- Yaroubiyah, has been under the control of Syrian opposition groups, the source said.

Separately, fierce battles continued since late Saturday around the city of Tal Afar in Nineveh province, some 70 km west of the provincial capital Mosul, between Iraqi security forces, backed by groups of volunteers, and militant groups who tried to seize the city, according to a local police source.

The militants fired mortar rounds, leaving at least five people killed and some 35 others wounded, the source said, without giving further details.

The Sunni-majority province of Nineveh and its capital Mosul, some 400 km north of Baghdad, has long been a stronghold for insurgent groups, including al-Qaida militants, since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Large parts of the province are now in the hands of militant groups since last week after bloody clashes with Iraqi security forces. The militant groups later seized swathes of territory after the Iraqi security forces abolishing from their posts.

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