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Blasting through IS-controlled lands north of Baghdad

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 00:58

Iraqi forces backed by Shi'ite militia and Kurdish peshmerga are battling the Islamic State north of Baghdad. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Kurdish peshmerga fighters are rolling into new territory in Iraq and they're coming in from the sky too. Together with Iraqi soldiers and Shi'ite militia, the fighters say they're making gains against Islamic State. On Sunday they retook two towns north of Baghdad from IS fighters, driving them from strongholds they had held for months -- and clearing a main road from the capital to Iran. It's a battle that comes with a cost. The advance left at least 10 soldiers, peshmerga and militia fighters dead and 32 wounded. It's unclear how many IS fighters were killed. Iraq's Shi'ite-led government, backed by U.S.-led air strikes, has been trying to push back the IS since it swept through mainly Sunni Muslim provinces of northern Iraq in June, meeting virtually no resistance.

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Blasting through IS-controlled lands north of Baghdad

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 00:58