The mother of an Iraqi fighter, loyal to Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and who was killed during clashes in northern city of Samarra, mourns during his funeral, on August 3, 2014, in the central shrine city of Najaf. AFP PHOTO/HAIDAR HAMDANI
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Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) fighters seized control of Iraq's biggest dam, an oilfield and three more towns Sunday after inflicting their first major defeat on Kurdish forces since sweeping through the region in June.ISIS or the Islamic State, which sees Iraq's majority Shiites as apostates who deserve to be killed, also seized the Ain Zalah oil field, adding to four others already under their control, and three towns.Since thousands of Iraqi soldiers fled the Islamic State offensive, Shiite militias and Kurdish fighters have been seen as a critical line of defence against the militants, who have threatened to march on Baghdad.In a statement on its website, Islamic State said its fighters had killed scores of Kurdish fighters.Maliki needs the Kurds, who gained experience fighting Saddam Hussein's forces, to help defend his country from Islamic State, whose leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has a $10 million U.S. bounty on his head.Islamic State fighters were among militants who clashed with Lebanese forces overnight in and around Lebanon's border town of Arsal.
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