Iraq's Kurds scramble to fend off new Islamic State assault

January 21, 2015 2:45 PM

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Islamic State militants are trying to recapture territory in northern Iraq and confronting US-backed Kurdish forces. President Obama said in his State of the Union address that 'American leadership' had stopped militants' advance in Iraq and Syria. 

Mala Qara, Iraq — In the bright January sunshine, Kurdish fighters pose for photographs and dance around an armored vehicle seized from Islamic State militants in Gwer, a small but strategic town in northern Iraq.

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