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Western Volunteers Play Murky Role in Kurdish Fight Against IS

An especially tall American would stand out in most places around the world. But when John Cole, 23, a towering 7-footer, joined the Kurdish Peshmerga forces as a volunteer, he became an instant celebrity. Kurdish female fighters nicknamed him the "Long Tiger." Peshmerga troops came from miles around to have their pictures taken with him. Inside Kurdish houses, Cole says he literally hits his head on the ceilings. "I joined Peshmerga because I love the Kurdish...

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