Iraqi Shiite militiamen drive on a road near the town of Jurf al-Sakhr, located between Baghdad and Karbala.
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A column of gray smoke drifts up from a burning building in Jurf al-Sakhr, south of Baghdad, while the broken roofs of some houses slope down into piles of rubble.Badr and other Shiite militias played a key role in the fight to retake Jurf al-Sakhr.It is the same story for towns and cities across Iraq, as security forces and pro-government fighters battle to drive back ISIS.And the damage will disproportionately affect areas such as Jurf al-Sakhr that are populated by Iraq's minority Sunni Arabs, which may deepen the divide between them and the country's Shiite majority.An M113 armored personnel carrier driving down one road had been spray-painted with the name of Shiite militia Asaib Ahl al-Haq, while another flew the flag of Kataeb Hezbollah, a group on Washington's list of terrorist organizations.
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