Tamil Diplomat

Kurds in offensive to retake Iraq town from IS

The campaign is supported by air strikes by the US-led coalition.

Recapturing Sinjar would effectively cut off the supply line between the IS strongholds of Raqqa and Mosul.

When the town fell to IS last year, tens of thousands of people from the Yazidi religious minority were trapped after fleeing up Mount Sinjar.

Hundreds of men were killed and Yazidi women captured and used as sex slaves.