Sunni brigade fights Islamic State extremists in tense alliance with Iraq's Shiite militias

March 16, 2015 6:23 PM

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Sunni brigade fights Islamic State extremists in tense alliance with Iraq's Shiite militias

Yazan al-Jabouri, center, a member of one of Iraq’s most prominent tribes, walks with his colleagues at the front line during a battle against Islamic State militants in Tikrit, 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, March 16, 2015. For months, al-Jabouri was living in fear of crossing paths with a fighter from the Islamic State group. He had refused to pledge loyalty to the extremist group, and letters had been left on his doorstep threatening to cut his head off. His wife and children also were threatened. “I wanted nothing to do with Daesh,” he said, using the Arabic acronym for the group. He said 156 homes of his kinsmen had been destroyed and 16 of his relatives had been killed. Despite the threats, he felt he had to take up arms against the extremists, many of whom are fellow Sunnis. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed) (The Associated Press)

Yazan al-Jabouri, right, a member of one of Iraq’s most prominent tribes, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Tikrit, 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, March 16, 2015. For months, al-Jabouri was living in fear of crossing paths with a fighter from the Isla...

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