Government figures show 2014 was the most violent year for Iraqis since 2007, with more than 15,000 people killed.
Kurdish Peshmerga forces say they have recaptured a strategic village in northern Iraq from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Sources told Al Jazeera on Friday that at least three Peshmerga fighters died when the group captured the village of Sultan Abd’Allah, just 80km away from the Kurdish regional capital, Erbil.
“One commander said the group had limited firepower, and were fighting with old AK-47s and that their other weapons were from the Iran-Iraq war 25 years ago,” our correspondent said.
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Peshmerga forces said the Yazidi fighters launched the attack, near the town of Rabia, on Friday because they were looking for girls and women abducted by members of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
The Yazidi killed an unknown number of people and took many others away, including a local Imam.
The Peshmerga sources told Al Jazeera that had not known about the Yazidi’s plan to attack the village, and were unhappy the group had acted unilaterally.
Hundreds of Yazidi fighters are assisting the Peshmerga in their operation against ISIL in and around the Sinjar mountains.
A renewed push by ISIL in the north in August drove Kurdish forces back towards the capital of their autonomous region, helping to spark a US-led campaign of air strikes against ISIL.
That effort has since been expanded to training for Iraqi forces aimed at preparing them as quickly as possible to join the fight against ISIL.
Iraqi soldiers and police, Kurdish forces, Shia militias and Sunni tribesmen have succeeded in regaining some ground from ISIL. But large parts of the country, including three major cities, remain outside Baghdad’s control.