Who's winning in Iraq: Kurds or Islamic State? In fog of war, neither side shows clear edge

February 2, 2015 6:45 AM

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Who's winning in Iraq: Kurds or Islamic State? In fog of war, neither side shows clear edge

FILE - In this Thursday Jan. 29, 2015 file photo, a Kurdish peshmerga fighter fires a weapon towards positions of the Islamic State group who are 500 meters or half a mile away, overlooking the strategic town of Sinjar, northern Iraq. While Islamic State fighters have been forced to retreat from Kobani, the strategic town on Syria’s border with Turkey, they appear far from beaten in northern Iraq. Along the Kurds’ shifting front lines, it’s a tenuous hold. Whichever side triumphs will determine whether Islamic State can use the main highway west to funnel weapons and reinforcements to their retreating comrades in Syria. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen, File) (The Associated Press)

FILE - In this Thursday Jan. 29, 2015 file photo, a Syrian fighter from the Syria-based People's Protection Units better known as the YPG stands in front of a wall covered with graffiti in the town of Sinjar northern Iraq. While Islamic State fighters have been forced to retreat from Kobani, the str...

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