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Islamic State surges in North Iraq, near Kurdistan border

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Kurdish "peshmerga" troops stand guard during an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants, on the outskirts of the province of Nineveh, August 6, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

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Kurdish "peshmerga" troops take part in an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants, on the outskirts of the province of Nineveh, August 6, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

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Islamic State militants stand guard after controlling a checkpoint in Khazer at the border area of the Kurdish semi-autonomous region, August 7, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

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A member of the Kurdish "peshmerga" takes his position holding a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launcher during an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants, on the outskirts of the province of Nineveh, August 6, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

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Kurdish "peshmerga" troops prepare to fire a mortar during an intensive security deployment on the outskirts of the province of Nineveh, August 6, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

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A member of the Kurdish "peshmerga" troops patrols during an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants, on the outskirts of the province of Nineveh, August 6, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

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Kurdish "peshmerga" troops stand guard during an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants, on the outskirts of the province of Nineveh, August 6, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

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People look at the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's Sadr City, August 7, 2014. REUTERS/Wissm al-Okili

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A woman walks past the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's Sadr City, August 7, 2014. REUTERS/Wissm al-Okili

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Members of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) carry coffins of their fellow fighters, who were killed during clashes with Islamic State fighters in the Iraqi city of Rabia on the Iraqi-Syrian border, during their funeral in Ras al-Ain city in Syria's Hasakah province August 6, 2014. REUTERS/Rodi Said

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Displaced families from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence, walk on the outskirts of Sinjar, west of Mosul, August 5, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

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