Kurdish forces liberate nine villages and re-secure an oil rig

An oil rig, abandoned in fall 2014 as IS militants neared, has been fully secured as Kurdish and coalition forces gain ground between Erbil and Mosul.
Kurdish forces liberate nine villages and re-secure an oil rig
Peshmerga forces loading up Humvees after declaring victory reclaiming a string of villages along the Khazir front 40 kilometers west of Erbil, May 30, 2016. (PATRICK OSGOOD/Iraq Oil Report)

SAFIYAH - Kurdistan’s Peshmerga forces and coalition airstrikes have pushed the so-called Islamic State (IS) group from a cluster of villages between Mosul and Erbil and secured a nearby drilling rig that was stranded in the August 2014 chaos as militants suddenly pushed toward the Kurdistan region.

Nine villages south of the village of Hasan Shami on the Mosul-Erbil road, which was the staging point for the offensive, were retaken Sunday and Monday, according to a statement Monday by the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC).

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