A member of the Kurdish security forces takes part in an intensive security deployment in Jalawla, Diyala province December 1, 2014. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed
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Six months into the jihadi offensive in Iraq, the autonomous Kurds said Wednesday they had lost more than 700 fighters and argued the burden of hosting a million displaced civilians was becoming unsustainable.Since ISIS launched a devastating offensive from Syria on June 9, Iraq's Kurds have been involved in battles along a frontline stretching more than 1,000 kilometers (600 miles). A statement from the region's military forces, known as the peshmerga, said 727 members of the Kurdish security forces had been killed and 3,564 wounded since June 10 . The peshmerga ministry said 34 members of the Kurdish security forces are also still reported as missing.Jabbar Yawar, the peshmerga ministry's secretary general, told AFP that only 11 of the Iraqi Kurds who had joined the battle against ISIS fighters in the Syrian border town of Kobani had been wounded and none killed.
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