Middle East As Iraqi Kurds advance against Islamic State, villagers return to looted homes

Kurdish officials are urging villagers to return to their homes in land recaptured from the Islamic State, alleviating the strain on Kurdish cities while asserting their hold on oil-rich land also claimed by Baghdad.

By , Correspondent

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Kurdish villagers worried about the coming winter are taking advantage of northern Iraq’s shifting battle lines to return to deserted communities that Kurdish forces have reclaimed from the self-described Islamic State.