A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter stands guard atop an armored vehicle at a combat outpost on the outskirts of Makhmour, 300 kilometers (186 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/ Marko Drobnjakovic)
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Sunni Muslim Arab fighters backed by Kurdish forces and U.S.-led airstrikes retook a village in northern Iraq Wednesday in an example of effective military cooperation on the ground between them against ISIS insurgents.Kurdish forces have driven the ultra-hard-line Sunni militants back in northern Iraq, but have been reluctant to push further into predominantly Arab territory for fear of being seen as an occupying force by inhabitants and provoking a backlash.Local Sunni Arabs have been training in the Makhmour area as part of the Hashid Shaabi or Popular Mobilization Force, a coalition of mainly Shiite militias in which Iraqi Prime Minister Abadi would like to include Sunni groups.
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