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Iraq Shiite fighters with the "Peace Brigades" patrol during a sand storm on the outskirts of Samarra, 60 miles (95 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, July 13, 2014.
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 The Los Angeles Times 
Iraqi Shiite fighters of Balad provide bulwark for Baghdad
The Shiite militia commander, slight of build and decked out in green fatigues, views the checkpoint that he oversees as much more than an isolated outpost amid the endless palm groves of the Tigris R... (photo: AP)
Marine captain refused to leave Afghan interpreter behind
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Marine captain refused to leave Afghan interpreter behind
BERKELEY, Calif. — Long after completing a 2010 tour of duty in Afghanistan, Marine Capt. Adrian Kinsella felt haunted by the sense that he didn't uphold a core military commitment: Leave no one beh... (photo: US DoD / U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joseph Scanlan)
A Kurdish peshmerga fighter carries his weapon on his base, near where two flags of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are seen on a building, right, and water tower, left, at the front line with the al-Qaida-inspired militants in Tuz Khormato, 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of the oil rich province of Kirkuk, northern Iraq, Wednesday, June 25, 2014.  The Irish Times 
Kurds seize Iraq oilfields as ministers pull out of government
Kurdish forces seized two oilfieds in north Iraq today and took over operations from a state-run oil company, while Kurdish politicians formally suspended their participation in prime minister Nuri al... (photo: AP / Hussein Malla)
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File - Workers on an oil field in Zakho, Iraqi Kurdistan.  The Independent 
Iraq crisis: Kurds pin hopes on an oil-rich future
Iraqi Kurds have already governed their territory, a land of wheat fields and rugged mountains that extends from Iraq's northern and western border with Turkey to the Iranian border in the east, for m... (photo: WN / Jamal Penjweny)
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