Kurdish troops launched offensives against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on three fronts in northern Iraq on Sept. 30, senior officers told AFP.

Troops struck before dawn against a town on the Syrian border, north of jihadist-controlled second city Mosul, and south of key oil hub Kirkuk, the commanders said.

A senior source in the Kurdish peshmerga said troops had entered the town of Rabia on the border with Syria, after seizing the villages of As-Saudiyah and Mahmudiyah. […]