In Iraq, US and Iran-backed militias work toward a common goal

September 1, 2014 2:14 PM

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With US bombs raining from the sky, Shiite militia fighters aligned with Iran battled Sunni extremists during the weekend, punching through their defences to break the weeks-long siege of Amerli, a cluster of farming villages whose Shiite residents faced possible slaughter.

As night fell on Sunday, the fighting was still raging in Qaryat Salam, a village to the north of Amerli. At a makeshift base, set up amid half-constructed homes and the hulk of a new soccer stadium, Kurdish Peshmerga forces fired a barrage of artillery, mortars and rockets.

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