DEBKAfile was founded by a team of journalists in June 2000 as an independent Internet Web site, providing an intelligence and security news service. October 25, 2016, 10:04 AM (IDT)
ISIS’ capture of two important Iraq towns was designed to throw the US-led coalition’s Mosul operation off balance: The fall of Sinjar in northern Iraq was the Islamists’ second victory against the Kurdish Peshmerga after Kirkuk. The attack on Rutba near the Jordanian border severed the main highway link between Baghdad and Amman.
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