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U.S.-Led Air Strikes Continue As Iraqi Troops Battle IS Militants

Kurdish Peshmerga Claim Advances Near Kirkuk
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WATCH: Kurdish Peshmerga forces claimed to have captured a string of villages from Islamic State fighters south of Kirkuk on September 30, aided by U.S.-led air strikes. Peshmerga Secretary-General Jabbar Yawar said Iraqi Kurds had retaken about half of the territory seized in northern Iraq by IS militants in August. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq)

Heavy fighting has continued in Iraq's Sunni-dominated Anbar Province between Islamic State (IS) militants and Iraqi government forces that are supported by U.S.-led coalition air strikes.

Near the city of Ramadi, IS militants and government troops on October 1 battled for control of rural areas to the west of the Euphrates River.

In Fallujah, militants and government forces continued to battle for control of the city with coalition air strikes and Iraqi artillery barrages targeting militants in several districts.

Pro-government tribal leaders in Anbar Province said the area around Haditha was now under complete government control. But Haditha's western townships remain under the control of IS militants.

In northern Iraq, coalition air strikes targeted IS militants near Rabia a day after Iraqi troops recaptured the strategic town on the border with Syria.

Britain on October 1 continued a second day of air strikes against IS militants in Iraq.

In Baghdad, a suicide car bomb killed 14 people in the southeastern Shi'ite district of Al-Jadida.

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