- The Washington Times - Friday, December 4, 2015

Kurdish peshmerga fighters have discovered a network of underground tunnels believed to be used by the Islamic State beneath the Iraqi city of Sinjar.

Kurdish forces recaptured the city from the terrorist group last month and have since uncovered more than 70 tunnels throughout the city, according to Business Insider.

The militants reportedly used the tunnels — wired for electricity and fortified with sandbags — to protect themselves against airstrikes and to plot against Kurdish forces undetected.

Kurdish forces also found a trove of the Islamic State’s supplies that had been left behind, including ammunition, medicine and more than 90 bombs, according to Business Insider.

The terror group dug so many tunnels “that they completely destroyed the infrastructure of Sinjar,” Wais Faiq, head of the town council told Reuters.

“There is a tunnel under every alley, street, and public building that remains intact,” Mr. Faiq continued. “This is clear evidence the terrorist Daesh (Islamic State) group is aware of Sinjar’s geographical importance as it can link Raqqa to Iraq, and for that reason they kept a tight grip on Sinjar.”

Roughly 200,000 people lived in Sinjar before bloody conflict took over the region over a year ago.



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