FILE – In this Sept. 26, 2014 file photo, a Kurdish Peshmerga fighter uses binoculars to check on Islamic State group’s positions on the outskirts of Makhmour, 300 kilometers (186 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq. Nearly everyone fled when IS captured the town in August 2014 during the extremists’ lightning blitz across northern and western Iraq. Kurdish forces known as the peshmerga pushed the militants out later that month, but 18 months later, Makhmour still has the feel of a warzone, and many residents have stayed away. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic, File)

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