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On IS Frontline, Kurdish Fighters Ready for Offensive

Finger on the trigger, the Kurdish Peshmerga soldier stared across the dust at a village taken over by Islamic State extremists. The Kurdistan’s Khazir frontline, just 45 minutes from the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul. And at this point, the militants were less than two kilometers away. Holding down the northern Iraq frontline are the Peshmerga in guard posts dotted along a 1,500-kilometer stretch. IS tests those defenses daily with rockets and gunfire. A full-scale attack has not...

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