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Members of the Kurdish security forces take part in a patrol in Zumar, Nineveh province December 18, 2014. Kurdish peshmerga fighters have fought their way to Iraq’s Sinjar mountain and freed hundreds of people trapped there by Islamic State fighters, a Kurdish leader said on Thursday. Kurdish peshmerga soldiers began their offensive on Wednesday to break the jihadists’ siege of the mountain and the town of Sinjar. The peshmerga advanced from Zumar, east of Sinjar, capturing back 700 square km (270 square miles) over two days. U.S. fighter planes carried out 45 strikes in support of Kurdish fighters on Wednesday, in addition to two strikes near Sinjar. REUTERS/Ari Jalal (IRAQ – Tags: CONFLICT)