Iraq: Islamic State militants extend gains
The advance came after the Sunni fighters inflicted a humiliating defeat on Kurdish forces.
BAGHDAD - Islamic State militants extended their gains in northern Iraq on Thursday, seizing three more towns and gaining a foothold near the Kurdish region, witnesses said.
The advance came after the Sunni fighters inflicted a humiliating defeat on Kurdish forces in a weekend sweep in the north.
The Islamic State, which has declared a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria it controls, clashed with Kurdish forces on Wednesday in the town of Makhmur near Arbil, the capital of the Kurdish semi-autonomous zone.
In the latest advance, its fighters seized Makhmur and the mainly Christian town of Tilkaif, as well as Al Kwair, witnesses said.