Kurdish hostages in Iraq freed in US rescue mission

Published: Thursday 22nd October 2015 by The News Editor

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The US military has freed a number of Kurdish captives in a rescue mission in northern Iraq and one American was killed in the operation, a US defence official said.

One official said the rescue effort was carried out overnight in the vicinity of Hawija, an Islamic State stronghold west of Kirkuk.

Sheikh Irfan, who said his nephew was among the Kurdish peshmerga fighters held prisoner, said a peshmerga official called his family to confirm the rescue mission. He said he was told that 70 hostages were freed, including peshmerga fighters.

The sheikh said he was told that helicopter-borne paratroops arrived at the scene in Hawija.

Published: Thursday 22nd October 2015 by The News Editor

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