In a potential turning point in the fight back against the Islamic State, Kurdish forces on Tuesday said they had retaken the strategic Iraqi town of Rabia that straddles a main road near the border with Syria.
Iraqi town Rabia has provided a road link for the IS jihadists between their strongholds in Syria and Iraq, including the country’s second largest city of Mosul which IS captured in June. The loss of Rabia would be the most significant setback for ISIS forces in northern Iraq since the launch of U.S. and allied air strikes.
A Peshmerga commander, Shiekh Ahmad Mohammad, said, “Rabia is under the control of Kurdish forces. We are leaving their bodies behind and picking up their abandoned weapons.”