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 Heavy airstrikes by US-led coalition forces paved the way for Kurdish ground forces to take back Sinjar City after militants from the Islamic State rampaged the city fifteen months ago.

Heavy airstrikes by US-led coalition forces paved the way for Kurdish ground forces to take back Sinjar City after militants from the Islamic State rampaged the city fifteen months ago.

 Peshmerga soldiers wake up in the morning after the two battle with ISIS militants to take back the city of Sinjar.

Peshmerga soldiers wake up in the morning after the two battle with ISIS militants to take back the city of Sinjar.

 ISIS tagging all over the city is still visible. Some have been spray painted out by Kurdish forces.

ISIS tagging all over the city is still visible. Some have been spray painted out by Kurdish forces.

 A peshmerga solider warms himself by a fire after sitting guard during the night.

A peshmerga solider warms himself by a fire after sitting guard during the night.

 A civilian car rolls through the empty streets of Sinjar. Because of security and IEDs [Improvised Explosive Device] left in the town, residences of Sinjar have limited access to the city.

A civilian car rolls through the empty streets of Sinjar. Because of security and IEDs [Improvised Explosive Device] left in the town, residences of Sinjar have limited access to the city.

 Peshmerga patrolling the city of Sinjar days after the liberation of the town from ISIS fighters.

Peshmerga patrolling the city of Sinjar days after the liberation of the town from ISIS fighters.

 PKK forces survey a street destroyed by the war.

PKK forces survey a street destroyed by the war.

 PKK forces wait for tea to be served. The operation to take back Sinjar was delayed because of internal Kurdish disagreements about who would control Sinjar after the city was liberated. PKK and Peshmerga forces are the largest of the groups. But Yazidi militias, which have formed units with connection to each of the above major Kurdish groups, were also part of the offensive.

PKK forces wait for tea to be served. The operation to take back Sinjar was delayed because of internal Kurdish disagreements about who would control Sinjar after the city was liberated. PKK and Peshmerga forces are the largest of the groups. But Yazidi militias, which have formed units with connection to each of the above major Kurdish groups, were also part of the offensive.

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 The body of a dead ISIS solider on the street in what was once a dense shopping area in Sinjar.

The body of a dead ISIS solider on the street in what was once a dense shopping area in Sinjar.

 Bombed out downtown Sinjar after heavy airstrikes by US-led coalition and Kurdish ground forces retook the city.

Bombed out downtown Sinjar after heavy airstrikes by US-led coalition and Kurdish ground forces retook the city.

 Peshmerga solider sits alone on the street.

Peshmerga solider sits alone on the street.

 A PKK unit scales up the city of a bombed church. Sinjar city is heavy booby trapped by ISIS militants as they were leaving the city. IED teams go house to house to disarm explosives and unexploded ordinates that have been left behind.

A PKK unit scales up the city of a bombed church. Sinjar city is heavy booby trapped by ISIS militants as they were leaving the city. IED teams go house to house to disarm explosives and unexploded ordinates that have been left behind.

 PKK units remove an explosive hidden in the front passage way of one of the cities houses.

PKK units remove an explosive hidden in the front passage way of one of the cities houses.

 PKK units explore the inside of a house ISIS militants were using for lodging. The militants tagging can be seen on all the walls inside the house.

PKK units explore the inside of a house ISIS militants were using for lodging. The militants tagging can be seen on all the walls inside the house.

 ISIS militants put a sheet across the street for snipers and to cut off visibility to oncoming forces.

ISIS militants put a sheet across the street for snipers and to cut off visibility to oncoming forces.

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 This PKK unit said they have been fighting in the Sinjar area since ISIS first took the city back in August, 2014.

This PKK unit said they have been fighting in the Sinjar area since ISIS first took the city back in August, 2014.

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 Bombed out shops in Sinjar.

Bombed out shops in Sinjar.

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 Peshmerga forces check out houses near the hospital to disarm IEDs left behind by ISIS militants.

Peshmerga forces check out houses near the hospital to disarm IEDs left behind by ISIS militants.

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 The empty streets of Sinjar show the destruction of war and fifteen months under ISIS control.

The empty streets of Sinjar show the destruction of war and fifteen months under ISIS control.

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 The skeleton of this unfinished building is littered by completed and uncompleted IEDs. Peshmerga forces believe that this was a factory were ISIS militants built bombs now strum about the city.

The skeleton of this unfinished building is littered by completed and uncompleted IEDs. Peshmerga forces believe that this was a factory were ISIS militants built bombs now strum about the city.

 The sunsets on a Peshmerga solider as he walks through the streets of Sinjar City.

The sunsets on a Peshmerga solider as he walks through the streets of Sinjar City.

Heavy airstrikes by US-led coalition forces paved the way for Kurdish ground forces to take back Sinjar City after militants from the Islamic State rampaged the city fifteen months ago.

Peshmerga soldiers wake up in the morning after the two battle with ISIS militants to take back the city of Sinjar.

ISIS tagging all over the city is still visible. Some have been spray painted out by Kurdish forces.

A peshmerga solider warms himself by a fire after sitting guard during the night.

A civilian car rolls through the empty streets of Sinjar. Because of security and IEDs [Improvised Explosive Device] left in the town, residences of Sinjar have limited access to the city.

Peshmerga patrolling the city of Sinjar days after the liberation of the town from ISIS fighters.

PKK forces survey a street destroyed by the war.

PKK forces wait for tea to be served. The operation to take back Sinjar was delayed because of internal Kurdish disagreements about who would control Sinjar after the city was liberated. PKK and Peshmerga forces are the largest of the groups. But Yazidi militias, which have formed units with connection to each of the above major Kurdish groups, were also part of the offensive.

The body of a dead ISIS solider on the street in what was once a dense shopping area in Sinjar.

Bombed out downtown Sinjar after heavy airstrikes by US-led coalition and Kurdish ground forces retook the city.

Peshmerga solider sits alone on the street.

A PKK unit scales up the city of a bombed church. Sinjar city is heavy booby trapped by ISIS militants as they were leaving the city. IED teams go house to house to disarm explosives and unexploded ordinates that have been left behind.

PKK units remove an explosive hidden in the front passage way of one of the cities houses.

PKK units explore the inside of a house ISIS militants were using for lodging. The militants tagging can be seen on all the walls inside the house.

ISIS militants put a sheet across the street for snipers and to cut off visibility to oncoming forces.

This PKK unit said they have been fighting in the Sinjar area since ISIS first took the city back in August, 2014.

Bombed out shops in Sinjar.

Peshmerga forces check out houses near the hospital to disarm IEDs left behind by ISIS militants.

The empty streets of Sinjar show the destruction of war and fifteen months under ISIS control.

The skeleton of this unfinished building is littered by completed and uncompleted IEDs. Peshmerga forces believe that this was a factory were ISIS militants built bombs now strum about the city.

The sunsets on a Peshmerga solider as he walks through the streets of Sinjar City.

 Heavy airstrikes by US-led coalition forces paved the way for Kurdish ground forces to take back Sinjar City after militants from the Islamic State rampaged the city fifteen months ago.
 Peshmerga soldiers wake up in the morning after the two battle with ISIS militants to take back the city of Sinjar.
 ISIS tagging all over the city is still visible. Some have been spray painted out by Kurdish forces.
 A peshmerga solider warms himself by a fire after sitting guard during the night.
 A civilian car rolls through the empty streets of Sinjar. Because of security and IEDs [Improvised Explosive Device] left in the town, residences of Sinjar have limited access to the city.
 Peshmerga patrolling the city of Sinjar days after the liberation of the town from ISIS fighters.
 PKK forces survey a street destroyed by the war.
 PKK forces wait for tea to be served. The operation to take back Sinjar was delayed because of internal Kurdish disagreements about who would control Sinjar after the city was liberated. PKK and Peshmerga forces are the largest of the groups. But Yazidi militias, which have formed units with connection to each of the above major Kurdish groups, were also part of the offensive.
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 The body of a dead ISIS solider on the street in what was once a dense shopping area in Sinjar.
 Bombed out downtown Sinjar after heavy airstrikes by US-led coalition and Kurdish ground forces retook the city.
 Peshmerga solider sits alone on the street.
 A PKK unit scales up the city of a bombed church. Sinjar city is heavy booby trapped by ISIS militants as they were leaving the city. IED teams go house to house to disarm explosives and unexploded ordinates that have been left behind.
 PKK units remove an explosive hidden in the front passage way of one of the cities houses.
 PKK units explore the inside of a house ISIS militants were using for lodging. The militants tagging can be seen on all the walls inside the house.
 ISIS militants put a sheet across the street for snipers and to cut off visibility to oncoming forces.
SinjarOthers-1.jpg
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 This PKK unit said they have been fighting in the Sinjar area since ISIS first took the city back in August, 2014.
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 Bombed out shops in Sinjar.
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 Peshmerga forces check out houses near the hospital to disarm IEDs left behind by ISIS militants.
SinjarOthers-3-2.jpg
 The empty streets of Sinjar show the destruction of war and fifteen months under ISIS control.
SinjarOthers-1-4.jpg
 The skeleton of this unfinished building is littered by completed and uncompleted IEDs. Peshmerga forces believe that this was a factory were ISIS militants built bombs now strum about the city.
 The sunsets on a Peshmerga solider as he walks through the streets of Sinjar City.