Kurdish gunmen hold their rifles in front of a burning house of a Shi'ite militiaman during clashes in Tuz Khurmato, Iraq, April 24, 2016. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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In some places, the line dividing this town in northern Iraq takes the form of blast walls and barricades that bring its run-down streets to an abrupt end.One side is controlled by Kurds, the other by Shiite Turkmen.The main market where both groups used to do business is now under Turkmen control, so Kurds, who are too scared to go there, have opened a new strip of shops in their own part of town.Friendships between Turkmen and Kurds have soured.The line being forged through Tuz Khurmato is part of a longer contested frontier between the Baghdad government and the Kurds, who run their own region in the north.Local Shiite Turkmen, however, were hostile to the prospect of being annexed to the autonomous region Kurds hope to make into a state, and joined an array of militias under the newly formed banner of Al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization) officially answerable to Baghdad.Peshmerga fighter Kana Keter, 36, said the Kurds were not content for the conflict to stop now.
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