Jihadist fighters on Monday defeated Kurdish peshmerga troops in the flashpoint Iraqi town of Jalawla, killing at least 10 in a fierce two-day battle, security sources said.
"Daash (Islamic State) fighters took full control of Jalawla early this morning after clashes with the peshmerga that lasted two days," a high-ranking regional police official told AFP.
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Two other security sources confirmed that Jalawla, 130 kilometres (80 miles) northeast of Baghdad, had fallen to the jihadists. They said 10 peshmerga were killed and around 80 wounded.