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Kurds, Islamic State clash near Kurdish regional capital

(Reuters) - Kurdish forces attacked Islamic State fighters just 40 kilometers (25 miles) southwest of the Kurdish regional capital of Arbil in northern Iraq, a senior Kurdish official told Reuters on Wednesday.

"We have changed our tactics from being defensive to being offensive. Now we are clashing with the Islamic State in Makhmur," said Jabbar Yawar, secretary-general of the ministry of the Kurdish peshmerga fighters.

Yawar said the Kurds had re-established military cooperation with Baghdad.

Ties had been strained between the Kurdish leadership and the Shi'ite-led government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki over oil, budgets and land.

But a dramatic weekend offensive in the north by the Sunni militants prompted them to bury differences and work together against the biggest threat to Iraq's security since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003.

Yawar said 50,000 members of Iraq's Yazidi ethnic minority who fled the offensive and are hiding on a mountain near the town of Sinjar risked starving to death if they are not rescued in 24 hours.

"Many have already died," he said without elaborating.
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(Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed and Isra' al-Rubei'i; Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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swkykhk August 06 2014 at 7:10 AM

O.K let me be the one, It's all Obama's Fault because I am a right wing uneducated racist Idiot that watches The faux News devoutly and could not formulate these very words without the help of my christian pastor whose lap I sit on while I he indoctrinates me on the evils of the democrats before changing into his clan robe after mass on sundays .

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Bob Johnston August 06 2014 at 7:56 AM

I love the Kurds They are a good, hard working and honest people. They deserve a free homeland. They have been persecuted as much as the Jews by the Turks, the Saudis and on and on. I hope they continue to kick ass and destroy their enemies.

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Lewis Day August 06 2014 at 8:19 AM

Go Kurds, its about time someone fights back against Isis demons.

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Bob Lewis Day August 06 2014 at 8:54 AM

Exactly, The Iraqi Army is 125,000 + strong and they don't have the nerve to drive Isis out. Damn bunch of cowards!

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IBruzEZ August 06 2014 at 7:06 AM

Are you happy George Bush?? this all comes back to you.....

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whdlsn August 06 2014 at 6:41 AM

The Kurds have been the brunt of everyone's aggression in the region for a long time. Maybe now they'll catch a break?

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radarmannoshoes August 06 2014 at 10:29 AM

Had Obama not been elected, it is unlikely Iraq would be in the mess it is today - fact. Those that voted for Obama are responsible.

Joe Biden said, “I am very optimistic about -- about Iraq. I mean, this could be one of the great achievements of this administration. You're going to see 90,000 American troops come marching home by the end of the summer. You're going to see a stable government in Iraq that is actually moving toward a representative government.”

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buddwhyzr August 06 2014 at 9:48 AM

An adorable picture of an Iraqi walking hand in hand with his little girl, who's future under Sharia Law holds a life of misery, servitude and abuse.

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Sean Daniels buddwhyzr August 06 2014 at 12:30 PM


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endmillll August 06 2014 at 7:05 AM

They have been fighting over there t for hundreds of years and where not going to stop it.

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Greg August 06 2014 at 8:34 AM

This is what a world ruled by Islamic law looks like. Nothing but murder and conflict committed by criminals and degenerates using a religion to acts of evil in the name of a Supreme Being! . . ."Praise Allah!"

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vinkbear Greg August 06 2014 at 8:46 AM

And, a Christian Theocracy wouldn't be much better. There was a reason the forefathers wanted church- state separation, and the situation with ISIS illustrates it perfectly.

The party that not so long ago was kicking people out because they didn't pass the conservative "purity test", is, not ironically, also the party that pushes Christian values and seeks to run the country by Biblical principles. If they reject people within their own party for political differences, imagine what they'd do once in charge of the military and police in a Christian theocracy. People better pay attention.

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jaiger2469 vinkbear August 06 2014 at 9:20 AM

TODAY !! Vinkbear, today, point out ANY christian supported group that has killed and destabilized countries the name of religion ? violently killed anyone!!
Show me??? pfft whats next? Blaming Bush?

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momsname17 vinkbear August 06 2014 at 9:51 AM

you have my pity,why don't you read the Bible and pray.Consider what will happen toyou after death if you don't beleive in God.Not all people live up totheir beleives all time But God willforgive you

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lletraw August 06 2014 at 11:41 AM

Good for you, Kurds! I wish you much success.

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