Sheikh Nazhan Sakhar, second from the right, poses for a picture with his men holding an Islamic State flag they captured in Hajj Ali, Iraq, Tuesday, August 9, 2016.(AP Photo/Alice Martins)
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The raid, which was not immediately confirmed by the US, would not be the first that risked running afoul of internal Iraqi politics.American troops and Kurdish forces affiliated with the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party conducted a raid last year in Kirkuk province, which is controlled by the rival Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, a party that has its own forces.U.S. President Barack Obama repeatedly pledged that there would be no "boots on the ground" to combat Daesh, but has sent American special forces to target the militants, who have so far killed three members of the U.S. military.
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