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Iraqi Forces Continue Advance, Reclaim Another Town from smalljournal on Vimeo.

Iraqi troops, Kurdish fighters and Shi’ite militiamen, backed by U.S. airstrikes, entered the town of Sulaiman Bek, south of Kirkuk, on Monday, ending three months of control in the area by the Islamic State group, a military source said.

After freeing the nearby town of Amerli on Sunday, Iraqi forces kept up the momentum of their advance on Monday, with Kurdish peshmerga fighters and Shi’ite militiamen retaking Sulaiman Bek, an important militant stronghold.

The fighters were conducting a house-to-house search operation in the town, which is about 10 kilometers (6 miles) northeast of Amerli.

Shi’ite militia groups, such as Asaib Ahl Al-Haq, which helped free Sulaiman Bek on Monday, have gained in popularity since the beginning of June when Islamic State fighters launched a blitz across northern Iraq.

“Within a few hours, we were able to clear the town completely,” the commander of the Shi’ite Badr militia, Transport Minister Hadi al-Ameri, told the French news agency AFP amid heavy security in Sulaiman Bek.

Iraqi troops, with support from Kurdish fighters and Shi’ite militiamen, also surrounded the nearby town of Yankaja and were pounding it with artillery and machinegun fire as they fought to retake it from militants.

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