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The onslaught by Sunni Arab militants in northern Iraq has prompted the country's Kurds to deploy the famed peshmerga security forces in defense of their autonomous region.When they graduate, they will face foes with recent battle experience in Syria and Iraq, as well as some former Iraqi soldiers with several wars under their belts.As they train, retired peshmerga responding to Barzani's call arrive at the base. "This is the biggest deployment of peshmerga in recent history," Yawar told AFP.Previously, he said, some 13 brigades were deployed along with regular Iraqi soldiers along a 1,500-kilometer line from the Syrian border to the frontier with Iran. But when Iraqi forces retreated in the face of a militant onslaught that has overrun areas of five provinces, the peshmerga moved in. The peshmerga are deployed along areas that far exceed the previously accepted borders of the Kurdish region.
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