Jihadists defeat Kurds in flashpoint Iraq town of Jalawla

Kurdish forces sit at the back of a truck at an operating base in Iraq's Diyala province whilst waiting to be deployed in the flashpoint town of Jalawla on June 18, 2014 (AFP Photo/Rick Findler)

Baquba (Iraq) (AFP) - 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.

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.

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