Takfiri ISIL terrorists have captured three small towns in northern Iraq after driving Kurdish security forces out of the towns.
The militants on Sunday seized the towns of Sinjar and Wana, near the city of Mosul, which is also controlled by the ISIL terrorists
A Kurdish official and several other sources said that the terrorists had destroyed the holy Shia shrine of Sayyeda Zeinab shortly after taking control of Sinjar.
The development came a day after the Takfiri terrorists gained control of the northern town of Zumar, which had also been under control of forces from the Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, known as Peshmerga.
According to a North Oil Company official, the militants also captured two nearby small oilfields.
Sinjar had sheltered thousands of people displaced by the ISIL assault launched in the region nearly two months ago. Among them are many of Iraq’s minorities, such as Turkmen Shias who escaped from the city of Tal Afar, about half-way between Sinjar and Mosul.
The crisis in Iraq escalated after the ISIL Takfiri militants took control of Mosul in a lightning advance on June 10, which was followed by the fall of Tikrit, located 140 kilometers (87 miles) northwest of the capital, Baghdad.
Soldiers of the Iraqi army have been engaged in heavy fighting with the militants on different fronts and have so far been able to push back militants in several areas.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has said Saudi Arabia and Qatar are responsible for the security crisis and growing terrorism in his country, denouncing the Al Saud regime as a major supporter of global terrorism.
By Press TV
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