Iraq moves on IS

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - WORLD -

BAGH­DAD: Iraq’s mil­i­tary said yes­ter­day its forces had ad­vanced on three fronts to be­gin clear­ing Is­lamic State mil­i­tants from the city of Ra­madi, but po­lice and the gov­ern­ment said progress was slow.

The an­nounce­ment came as Kur­dish forces de­clared vic­tory over the IS in the north­ern town of Sin­jar, which could help build mo­men­tum in push­ing back hard­line Sunni mil­i­tants else­where.

But a sui­cide bomb in Bagh­dad and a sec­ond day of violence be­tween Kurds and Shia Turk­men fur­ther north were re­minders of the eth­nic and sec­tar­ian con­flicts.

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