Lane poses in front of an Iraqi Humvee captured and later abandoned by ISIS.
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U.S. vets return to face past and present demonsA decade after his first Iraq tour, former U.S. Marine Jamie Lane has returned to the battlefields of the Middle East to fight a still unvanquished enemy and wrestle with the demons of his past.Scott Curley, another U.S veteran of the Iraq war, returned to join the Kurdish peshmerga fighters after ISIS militants in Syria beheaded Peter Abdul Rahman Kassig, a former U.S. army ranger who had returned to the region to provide humanitarian aid to Syrian civilians.A U.S.-led air campaign began targeting ISIS in Iraq in August, helping Iraqi and Kurdish forces to halt the extremists' advance and begin rolling them back. The Pentagon plans to supply some $1.6 billion worth of arms and training to Kurdish and Iraqi forces. Most of the U.S. vets are fighting alongside Kurdish forces, who have invited foreigners with military experience to join their ranks.Iraq's Kurdish forces, known as the peshmerga, once strictly banned non-Kurdish fighters from joining. Even for seasoned American soldiers, this battle is different.
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