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Trenches, Berms, Walls Dominate War Scene in Syria, Iraq

Across the varied landscape of conflict in the Middle East, warring parties are erecting, digging and constructing trenches, berms, and walls — protection tactics that analysts say harken back to medieval times. The Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq is digging trenches across 652 miles of its borders with Sunni territories as defensive lines against Islamic State (IS) attacks. IS is digging protective trenches, meanwhile, in Mosul in preparation for an anticipated U.S.-backed...

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